Wednesday, October 10, 2007

DAIO Drawing

Seo yoon Kim
Ms. Wieringa
Oct. 5.2007


I am going to introduce an art piece called Samson and Delilah (1506). The art piece drawn by Albrecht Altdorfer (1480 - 1538), was done with dark brown ink and heightened with white pen on brown prepared paper. The art piece has three points of interest which are foreground, middleground, and background. I think the two people, look like talking each other, the rock, and the ground are the foreground of the work of art. I think the old trees with steps are the middle ground because it looks like it is in between the people and background. The last part, the background, is the old buildings that is broken.

In the Samson and Delilah, Albrecht Altdorfer used white and dark brown pen to make positive and negative space. I, therefore, could find three points of interest in this art piece. Moreover, the detail is very successful in the foreground because the ground looks real. Also, Albrecht Altdorfer used white pen to emphasize the texture of grasses, so the grasses look moving.

I think the story of Samson and Delilah is related to the war. According to the art work the atmosphere and broken buildings in the background of the art piece looks tensioned and brittle respectively. I could find the two men names, Samson and Delilah, from the title of the art piece. They tried to help each other in the war. Samson got injuries, Delilah, therefore, tries to help Samson. Delilah found the way to escape from the dangerous region, but Samson could not walk to the steps.

Showing successfully positive and negative spaces by usage of bright and dark colors, Albrecht Altdorfer made one great art work. Samson and Delilah is the drawing without color. It, however, shows tension and mood of the war very well.

Work Cites

Albrecht, Altdorfer. Samson and Delilah. 1506. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 5 October 2007. < >


SLW said...

For the story of Samson and Delilah check out Judges 14, & 16:4-31 in the Bible. It's an interesting story.

samantha said...

why do you think that the artist decided to not use color, but instead used just dark brown and white to show the different shades? It is really difficult to you think he had some specific purpose in mind?

Seo-Yoon Kim said...

I think artist used dark colors to make art piece's mood serious. If the Art work was done by color, it would be looks like a catoon.