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  • Tobias's Farewell to the Angel

    Artist:
    Biliverti, Giovanni (Bijlivert). 1576-1644
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    188,5x144,5 cm

Biliverti, Giovanni (Bijlivert). 1576-1644

Tobias's Farewell to the Angel

Italy,

The subject comes from the Book of Tobit (xii: 5-22), one of the Apocryphal books in the Old Testament, and shows the final scene in the story of how Tobit, a blind old man, was healed by the gall of a fish. This fish had been caught by his son Tobias on the orders of the Archangel Raphael. But Raphael presented himself to Tobit's family as a simple traveller, and the old man wished to thank him in the fullness of his joy at the return of his sight. The angel refused all the offered treasures and revealed his identity. In Biliverti's painting Tobias restrains the angel, pulling at the edge of his cloak, and begs him to take the treasures which they have taken out of a round bronze vessel. Full of colour, this large canvas reveals the artist's skill at painting texture - the fabrics, fur and particularly the heavy gold chain with its large pearls.

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Tobias's Farewell to the Angel

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oil

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188,5x144,5 cm

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Entered the Hermitage in 1814; formerly in the collection of Josephine de Beauharnais in the Castle of Malmaison near Paris

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ГЭ-41

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