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Drawing, Recto: Samson, having defeated the Philistines, drinks water from the jawbone of an ass, preliminary design for "Spiritus Fortitudines" (The Spirit of Strength), plate 4 in "The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit" print series. Verso: obscured inscription, 1595

This is a Drawing. It was designed by Jan van der Straet, called Stradanus. It is dated 1595 and we acquired it in 1901. Its medium is brown ink and wash on paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

It is credited Museum purchase through gift of various donors.

Its dimensions are

8.2 × 10.3 cm (3 1/4 × 4 1/16 in.)

It is inscribed

recto above left: "Samson fortitudinis" verso: "montano ... creste m dono 5 ... / le 8 petze ...ricesse e la ... / montano ... scudi 20 ... / a ragione di ..."

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Drawing, Recto: Samson, having defeated the Philistines, drinks water from the jawbone of an ass, preliminary design for "Spiritus Fortitudines" (The Spirit of Strength), plate 4 in "The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit" print series. Verso: obscured inscription, 1595; Designed by Jan van der Straet, called Stradanus (Flemish, 1523–1605); Netherlands; brown ink and wash on paper; 8.2 × 10.3 cm (3 1/4 × 4 1/16 in.); Museum purchase through gift of various donors; 1901-39-2659

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