The Capture of Samson

1628/30, Artist: Anthonis van Dyck



The Capture of Samson

Delilah had discovered that Samson’s extraordinary strength lay in his hair and revealed the secret to his persecutors. She cut off his hair while he was sleeping and so delivered him to his enemies, the Philistines. Van Dyck uses a composition by Peter Paul Rubens as a model, but reproduces the psychological state of Samson and Delilah differently: instead of depicting Samson’s last heroic struggle, the artist concentrates on the ambivalent feelings of both protagonists.

Location: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Kabinett 23

Object data

Object Name







Anthonis van Dyck (1599 Antwerpen - 1641 London) - GND




oben 5 cm angestückt: top 5 cm attached: 146 cm × 254 cm
Framed: 176,5 cm × 284,2 cm × 15 cm

Image rights

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie

Inv. No.

Gemäldegalerie, 512


According to Bellori of "Van Wonsel" Gift to Archduke Leopold Wilhelm;

100 Meisterwerke - Gefangennahme Simsons - Anton van Dyck

IGS - Gefangennahme Simsons - van Dyck

OESG - Gefangennahme Simsons - van Dyck

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