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  • Story of Tobias

    Artist:
    Ruthart, Carl Andreas. 1630-1703
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    133x164,5 cm

Ruthart, Carl Andreas. 1630-1703

Story of Tobias

Germany, Circa 1660

Ruthart took as his subject the story of Tobias, from the Book of Tobit in the Apocrypha of the Old Testament. The painting captures two different moments, both the beginning and the end of the story: Tobias saying farewell to his father on the porch of his house, and Tobias returning with his wife Sarah, with a herd and property brought from Media. The subject allowed the artist to depict a large herd of animals, as well as birds, which he seems to have painted more confidently and skilfully than humans. Ruthart spent the greater part of his life in Italy and this work was long considered to be by a Dutch "italianist", since the artist was for many years strongly influenced by Dutch artists working in Italy. But the overloading with a large quantity of animals and the introduction of figures from episodes of biblical story suggest a more complex approach, a troubled rhythm not found in the Dutch artists' simple pastoral paintings.

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Story of Tobias

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oil

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133x164,5 cm

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Entered the Hermitage in 1933; handed over by the Antikvariat All-Union Association; originally in the Prince S. Golitsyn collection; at a later date - in the Local Museum of Arts in town of Ivanovo

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ГЭ-7324

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