Samson in Chains
(Bologna 1560 - Rome 1609)
Present in the Borghese collection at least from the middle of the 17th century, the painting was probably executed in Bologna in 1594. It is not surprising that the old inventories associate it with Venetian painting of the 16th century, confirming that at the time Annibale was inspired by the style of the Venetian masters.
The subject comes from the Book of Judges in the Old Testament, which tells of Samson, who – tied up in the cave in the cliff at Etam by the men of Judah – is awaiting the vengeance of the Philistines. At his feet is the jawbone of a donkey with which he will soon kill a thousand men (Judges 15, 11-13).
Medium | oil on canvas, cm 180 x 130
Inventory | 23
Room 2 – David Room
Period | '500
Classification | painting