The Blinding of Samson

The Blinding of Samson (1636), Rembrandt

The Blinding of Samson 1636 ; Oil on canvas, 206 x 276 cm; Stadelsches Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt

Rembrandt HARMENSZOON VAN RIJN (b. July 15, 1606, Leiden, Neth.--d. Oct. 4, 1669, Amsterdam), Dutch painter, draftsman, and etcher of the 17th century, a giant in the history of art. His paintings are characterized by luxuriant brushwork, rich colour, and a mastery of chiaroscuro. Numerous portraits and self-portraits exhibit a profound penetration of character. His drawings constitute a vivid record of contemporary Amsterdam life.