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Creator Name: Valentin
Creator Nationality: European; French
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1594 - 1632
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Valentin
Title: Samson
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1625
Creation End Date: 1635
Creation Date: c. 1630
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: Unframed: 135.6cm x 102.8cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1972.50
Credit Line: Mr. and Mrs. William H. Marlatt Fund
Provenance: Palazzo Barberini, Rome (1633 inventory), by descent to the Colonna de Sciarra family (1812, Rome sale 1899, as Caroselli); Edoardo AlmagiĆ”, Rome
Context: This painting was commissioned by Cardinal Francesco Barberini, one of the major collectors in Rome in the 1600s. The Barberini family emblem--the bee--appears as a clasp on Samson's left shoulder.Samson is portrayed as a melancholic, brooding figure. At his side is the jawbone of an ass, used to kill 1,000 men, as in the biblical account.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1972.50
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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