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Blind Samson

1961 David Aronson Born: Shilova, Lithuania 1923 bronze 24 5/8 x 19 x 14 1/2 in. (62.5 x 48.3 x 36.8 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of David Aronson 1966.74.1 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 46B


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According to the Old Testament, Samson was a powerful Jewish leader who fell in love with the Philistine princess Delilah. When she found that the source of Samson’s strength was his uncut hair, she betrayed him to Philistine soldiers, who cut his locks, gouged out his eyes, and put him on display. David Aronson chose to represent the two figures as they were after Delilah’s betrayal. The faces and postures of Aronson’s roughly modeled, abstract figures express the violence and tragedy of the scene.

Keywords

Religion - Old Testament - Samson

State of being - handicapped - blind

sculpture

metal - bronze

About David Aronson

Born: Shilova, Lithuania 1923

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