Lot 31Italian School
Tobias and the Angel Raphael Setting out on Their Journey
Oil on canvas
39 x 52 inches (99 x 132 cm)
The story of Tobias and the Angel is told in the apochryphal Book of Tobit. Tobit, a blind, elderly Jew living in Nineveh, sends his son Tobias to collect money owed to him in a distant city. He hires a man whom he believes to be his kinsman Azarias to accompany the boy on his journey. The "kinsman" is actually the angel Raphael, who counsels Tobias through a number of adventures on the road, eventually brings him home safely, and even cures Tobit's blindness.
This compostion relates to a painting of the subject attributed to Nicolas Tournier now in the collection of the Ringling Museum in Sarasota, Florida.
Glue relined. Dark varnish layer, difficult to read condition under UV light. Some restoration to the forehead of Tobit, and to the face of Anna. Large repaired tear running through Anna's neck and into her jaw.
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