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Adam Elsheimer (18 March 1578  11 December 1610) Tobias and the Archangel Raphael returning with the Fish mid-17th century Oil on copper,  19.3 x 27.6 cm National Gallery, London, UK
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Title: Tobias and the Archangel Raphael
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Adam Elsheimer (18 March 1578 – 11 December 1610)
Tobias and the Archangel Raphael returning with the Fish
mid-17th century
Oil on copper,  19.3 x 27.6 cm
National Gallery, London, UK


According to the Book of Tobit in the biblical Apocrypha, the blind Tobit sent his son Tobias out to collect some money; the boy was accompanied by the Archangel Raphael in disguise. Raphael helped him to catch a fish, the heart, liver and gall of which were used by Tobias to drive away a demon and cure his father’s blindness. Here the boy and angel are shown travelling together, the fish being dragged between them. The flowers in the foreground are cabbage poppies, and in the middle ground is a herd of cows. The painting has been executed on a copper plate engraved with a coat of arms.

The original of this composition is lost; it was engraved by Hendrick Goudt in 1613. Tobias and the Archangel Raphael returning with the Fish is considered to be one of a number of versions to be derived from it and is thought to have been painted in the mid-seventeenth century. A large version is in the Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen.

Possibly Dr Richard Mead sale, London, 21 March 1754; William Beckford sale, 1802; bequeathed by Samuel Sandars, 1894.

 

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