Rebecca Busch Messineo
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Mizpah aka Nebi Samuel: Now the Israelites had sworn at Mizpah, “No one of us shall give his daughter in marriage to Benjamin.” And the people came to Bethel, and sat there until evening before God, and they lifted up their voices and wept bitterly. They said, “O Lord, the God of Israel, why has it come to pass that today there should be one tribe lacking in Israel?” -Judges 21:1-3 (NRSV)
Peter Paul Rubens | Samson and Delilah | NG6461
Samson and Delilah(1609-10) for the living room of Burgomaster Nicholaas Rockox (chairman of Harquebusiers); inspired by Adam Elsheimer; one of feet is truncated- does not depict essential extremity of giant - unlike other 2 paintings by R; colouring sensuous (more heavy-handed than Rubens?); drama - tension of what isn't happening - why in public - polit connotations?; Samson as man's fallen nature, seduced and betrayed; upper-left light source, flickering of candles, 'alive'