Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Fine Art Tuesday


The theme of today's Fine Art Tuesday is "Samson".

Most people are familiar with Samson's death. Weakened and blinded, he was chained to the pillars holding up the temple of his people's enemies to be mocked and scorned.

Samson, a man of legendary strength asked God for his strength back for just one moment. He used that strength to topple the pillars crushing both the enemies of his people and bringing about his own demise.

The story of Samson is significantly more complex than just his death. It is Tragedy in the classical sense. He is irresistibly drawn to Delilah, the agent of his destruction even though he has more than ample evidence of her wickedness. Every reader can see what will happen before it becomes clear to Samson.

It is analogous to the horror movie where the entire audience is screaming "DON'T OPEN THE DOOR!!!"

Samson killing a lion. A slow day at the office for Samson

Samson slaying a multitude of his enemies with the jawbone of an ass. Now we elect them (the asses) to office.
Delilah cutting Samson's hair, the source of his strength

The blinding of Samson after his hair was cut

The story of Samson can be found in Judges Chapters 13-through-16


  1. The picture of Samson killing a lion could also be titled” Samson giving his cat a pill”

  2. If you're ever in Frankfurt (Germany) Max Liebermann's "Simson und Delila" hangs in the Staedel Museum.

  3. The story of Samson could be an anology for our nation. We have sure gone down that path. We will see soon if we get back our strength and courage or die chained up and whimpering.---ken

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