Rembrandt picture in Hermitage.
On Tuesday, August 10, an exhibit will open in the New Hermitage museum from the "Masterpieces of world museums in the Hermitage" cycle, in which Rembrandt's "Blinding of Sampson" will be shown.
As RIA "Novosti" reported from the press office of the State Hermitage, this famous canvas, which is based on the biblical legend of Sampson and Delilah, was created by Rembrandt in 1636.
Those who have examined the creative work believe that the picture "Blinding of Sampson" is related to another piece by Rembrandt, "Danae," which is kept in the Hermitage.
Analysis of the pictures' canvas shows that its structure is probably identical - canvas for both pictures was probably cut from the same roll. The masterpieces are related not only in dimension, but also in design composition. They both depict scenes in alcoves, and the figures were presented in natural size.
Specialists have also stated a supposition that the picture was presented by Rembrandt as a gift to the secretary of Prince Fredrich Henrick, Constantijn Huygens, with whose assistance the artist received important orders.
For instance, in one of the letters the painter notified Huygens about the completion of two compositions and added that as a sign of thanks he wanted to give him a picture "10 feet long and 8 feet high." Although the story and name of the canvas is not indicated, it's believed that the discussion in the letter was about the "Blinding of Sampson." The picture of the "Blinding of Sampson," which is part of a collection of the Stadelsches Kunstinstitut, in Frankfurt am Main is very seldom shown on museum walls. The first showing of this canvas in the Hermitage was a singular "response" to an exhibit in Germany of the picture "Flora"
from the Hermitage collection.
"Blinding of Sampson" can be viewed in one of the halls of the New Hermitage until the end of October.
Source: RIA "Novosti"
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