Samson killing a Philistine is a marble sculptural group created by Giambologna, a sculptor particularly active in Medici Florence.
Among the artist’s main works, this is the only one to have left Italy. It was commissioned in 1562 by Francesco I de’ Medici, originally as part of a fountain located at the Casino di San Marco in Florence.
It was later transferred to Spain as a gift.
The group was then presented in 1623 to the Prince of Wales, the work was immediately transferred and Samson and a Philistine became the most famous Italian sculpture in England. Since 1954 it has been part of the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum