Samson and Delilah

Francesco Botti (1640 - 1711)
Material: Oil on canvas
Price: 13 500 EUR
Dimensions: 96 x 119.5 cm
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The scene, cut tightly on the main characters, represents Samson and Delilah. In the foreground, the biblical hero lies asleep on the woman`s lap; he still wears his armor and puts his left hand on his helmet. Dalila, very elegantly dressed with a blue cloak and white tunic covered with another rose, takes a lock of his hair and cuts it with scissors. It is the story of the biblical passage in which Delilah, in order to take away Samson`s strength, cuts his hair. The painting, after a recent cleaning, has regained strength in the colors, and better legibility. The state of conservation is good. The painting is unpublished, but a version of this same subject with some minor variations is cataloged in the photo library of the Federico Zeri Foundation, with the attribution to Simone Pignoni.

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