OIL PAINTING: The Blinding of Samson, 1636
The story of the The Blinding of Samson, which had a great attraction for the Baroque public, is prominent in Rembrandt's production during the thirties. Rembrandt painted Samson Threatening his Father-in-Law (1635, Staatliche Museen, Berlin) and the Marriage of Samson (1638, Gemaldegalerie, Dresden). His Blinding of Samson more than any other paintings shows Rembrandt's unrivalled use of the High Baroque style to appeal to his contemporaries' interest in the sensational. It is his most gruesome and violent work.