Battle of Samson Against the PhilistinesArtist(s)Alexandre-Gabriel DecampsArtist NationalityFrench (culture or style)Object Creation Datecirca 1839Medium & Supportblack chalk and watercolor heightened with white on tan wove paper, mounted onDimensions
87 13/16 in. x 125 3/16 in. ( 223 cm x 318 cm )Credit LineGift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Sawyer through the Friends of the Museum of ArtSubject matter
Derived from the Old Testament story (Book of Judges) of Samson single-handedly (albeit with the help of God) defeating the Philistines in battle, Decamps depicts a moment of that battle. Decamps visited Italy in 1835 and proceeded to paint many biblical scenes upon his return to France. Thanks to travels in Asia Minor and North Africa in 1828, he was able to set these religious works in realistic Near Eastern settings. Decamps was one of three painters given a retrospective in the Universal Exposition of 1855 in Paris, along with Ingres and Delacroix. Physical Description
This drawing is done in black chalk with white color highlights against a tan background. It shows an expansive landscape with craggy mountains and a wide sky with swirling cloud formations. In the center foreground area there is a an army of men facing a figure with long dark hair. This man has his arms raised preparing to throw an object at the group. On the right, there is another group of men looking on from behind a tree.Primary Object Classification Drawing Primary Object Typepreparatory drawingCollection AreaWesternRights
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