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).