Peter Paul Rubens: Painting Samson and Delilah | National Gallery

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Watch Freelance lecturer James Heard discuss Rubens’s painting of the biblical story ‘Samson and Delilah’. He examines Rubens’s extraordinary technique and some possible inspirations behind the work, including Caravaggio and Michelangelo. He also looks at how this painting was created specifically to hang above a fireplace in the house of the mayor of Antwerp at the time.