Advent – 4 December

In contrast to our last two posts, I’m moving away from angels today to share with you a painting of a biblical character who is usually considered anything but angelic – that femme fatale par excellence, Delilah (Judges 16). As I noted in a previous post, Delilah is often represented in the visual arts and popular culture as sultry, erotic, and lethal. Her portrait by Australian artist Henry Clive is no exception; here, Delilah positively glimmers with 1940s noir glamour, looking not unlike the totally gorgeous Hedy Lamarr, who starred in Cecil B. DeMille‘s classic movie Samson and Delilah (1949). Her dark smoky eyes, glistening pouty lips, and that tantalizing bare shoulder are irresistible, while the shears to the forefront of this picture remind us that she is every bit as treacherous as she is beautiful. Embodying such a fascinating mix of danger and desire, Clive’s Delilah would certainly spice up any festive party she was invited to, although it may be wise to hide any sharp objects before she arrives.

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Henry Clive, Delilah (1948)
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3 thoughts on “Advent – 4 December

  1. cedar51 December 5, 2013 / 1:07 pm

    Apparently there is a new series out of America, I think titled “The Bible” which has stories in images and includes Delilah portrayed as dangerous, seductive and greedy. So many of the women in the Bible come through as “bad” or not to be “trusted” – of course, there are probably plenty of other biblical characters with similar traits. I am new biblical student…

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    • Caroline Blyth December 7, 2013 / 7:01 am

      I think I’ve seen that series advertised – their take on ‘notorious’ biblical women will be interesting to look at!

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