Samson

  • Josephus Farmer, Samson, 1982, redwood, rhinestone, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr., and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson, 1986.65.242

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Josephus Farmer was a devout Apostolic Christian who often used biblical stories to encourage people to repent. This painting illustrates scenes from the Old Testament, including the story of Samson and Delilah. Samson was born to defend Israel against the Philistines, but was betrayed by his young wife. The image of Samson battling with a lion emphasizes his power, as described in Judges 14: “. . .

Title
Samson
Artists
Date
1982
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
27 3/8 x 27 3/4 x 1 1/2 in. (69.6 x 70.5 x 3.9 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr., and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Religion – Old Testament – Samson
  • Religion – Old Testament – Delilah
  • Animal – lion
  • Religion – Old Testament – Eve
  • Religion – Old Testament – Jeremiah
  • Religion – Old Testament – Adam
  • Emblem – cross
Object Number
1986.65.242
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