Blind Samson

  • David Aronson, Blind Samson, 1961, bronze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of David Aronson, 1966.74.1

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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.

Title
Blind Samson
Artist
Date
1961
On View
Dimensions
24 5/8 x 19 x 14 1/2 in. (62.5 x 48.3 x 36.8 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of David Aronson

Mediums
Mediums Description
bronze
Classifications
Keywords
  • Religion – Old Testament – Samson
  • State of being – handicapped – blind
Object Number
1966.74.1
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