Drawn by the Brush: Oil Sketches by Peter Paul Rubens
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Jacob Matham after Peter Paul Rubens
Samson and Delilah, probably 1613
Engraving, 37.5 x 44.1 cm
Cincinnati Art Museum, The Harry S. Leyman and Eva Belle Leyman Fund, acc. no. 1973.740M

Catalog Excerpt by Marjorie E. Wieseman

In addition to having been presented to Rockox for his approval, the Cincinnati sketch appears to have served as the modello for a masterful engraving by the Haarlem printmaker Jacob Matham (1571-1631). Details in the print, such as the beardless barber, the arrangement of jars on the wall shelf, and the number of soldiers in the doorway, correspond more closely to the modello than to the finished painting. Matham's engraving dates to about 1613; Rubens may have brought the oil sketch (or a drawing based on it) with him when he visited Haarlem in June 1612 (see Held 1980, vol. 1, p. 432).

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