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Tobias and the Angel
Rosales Gallinas, Eduardo
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Rosales Gallinas, Eduardo

Madrid, 1836 - Madrid, 1873

Rosales Gallinas, Eduardo See author's file

Tobias and the Angel

1858 - 1863. Oil on canvas.
Room 061B

According to the Bible, Tobias was standing by a river when he was attacked by a giant fish. He was saved by his guardian angel. The painting shows the protagonist seeking refuge from the angel. The latter is turned slightly to the left. He points at the fish with his left hand, calming the boy. The closeness of this work to the aesthetics of the German Nazarine painters or the Italian Prerafaelists indicates Rosales´s knowledge of those tendencies in European painting, with which he was already familiar before his trip to Rome. He may have received those influences from his teachers, Carlos Luis de Ribera and Federico de Madrazo. The painter made numerous preparatory drawings and sketches, which shows how carefully he studied the composition and how concerned he was to insure the final results. Yet these characteristics seem to conflict with the intentionally unfinished appearance of the final work, thought this ties in with the esthetic investigation visible in other works from the same period, such as Ophelia (P04623) or Female Nude (P04616). This work was acquired on 12 June 1879 for the National Museum of Painting and Sculpture and was later at the Museum of Modern Art.


Technical data

Inventory number
Rosales Gallinas, Eduardo
Tobias and the Angel
1858 - 1863
Height: 198 cm; Width: 118 cm
Acquisition, 1879; Museo Nacional de Pintura y Escultura (Museo del Prado), 1879-1896; Museo de Arte Moderno 1896-1971

Bibliography +

Lozoya, Juan de Contreras y López de Ayala, Marqués de, Historia del arte hispánico, V, Salvat, Barcelona, 1949, pp. 384 388.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Catálogo de las pinturas del siglo XIX, Ministerio de Cultura, Madrid, 1985, pp. 227.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado. Inventario general de pinturas (III). Nuevas Adquisiciones. Museo Iconográfico. Tapices., Museo del Prado, Espasa Calpe, Madrid, 1996.

Diez, J.L; Barón, J., El siglo XIX en el Prado, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2007, pp. 198/ lám.35.

Navarro, Carlos G., 'Nuevas fuentes formales en la obra de Eduardo Rosales' en In sapientia libertas : escritos en homenaje al profesor Alf..., Museo Nacional del Prado: Fundac, Madrid, 2007, pp. 693-703.

Salas, Xavier de, La exposición de la obra de Eduardo Rosales 1836-1873, Estudios, 2010, pp. 345-377.

Díez, José Luis, 'Eduardo Rosales y la conquista del realismo por los pintores españoles en Roma (1855-1875)' En: Del realismo al impresionismo, Fundación Amigos Museo del Prado - Galaxia Gutenberg, Madrid, 2014, pp. 81-104 [86].

Díez, J.L. (dir.), Pintura del Siglo XIX en el Museo del Prado. Catálogo general, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2015, pp. 520.

Other inventories +

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1985. Núm. 4620.

Catálogo Museo de Arte Moderno, 1900. Núm. 567.
SECCIÓN DE PINTURA EN SUS DIVERSAS CLASES, DIBUJOS Y GRABADOS EN LÁMINAS. / Rosales (D. Eduardo) [...] 567.- Tobías y el ángel. / Alto 1'98 metros. Ancho 1'18 metros.

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1889. Núm. 264.

Inv. General del Museo de Arte Moderno, 1899-1902. Núm. 201.

Catálogo Museo de Arte Moderno, 1899. Núm. 361.
SECCIÓN DE PINTURA EN SUS DIVERSAS CLASES, DIBUJOS Y GRABADOS EN LAMINAS. / ROSALES (D. Eduardo) [...] 361.- Tobías y el ángel. / Alto 1'98 metros. Ancho 1'18 metros.

Inv. Museo Arte Moderno, 1954. Núm. 514.

Registros-Inventarios Museo Nacional de Arte Moderno, 1900-1936. Núm. 39-R.

Registros-Inventarios Museo Nacional de Arte Moderno, 1900-1936. Núm. 63-R.

Actas traslado de obras MEAC - Prado, 1971-1973. Núm. 643.

Inv. Nuevas Adquisiciones (iniciado en 1856). Núm. 484.
Autor Dn Eduardo Rosales / 484 Tobías con el ángel/ Alto 1,98 Ancho 1,18/ Adquirido por el gobierno de S.M. en la cantidad de 2500 pesetas

Inscriptions +

(M.A.M. 39. (R.)
Inscribed in red color. Front, lower right corner

T. 484
Inscribed in blue. Front, lower right corner

Exhibitions +

Sacred Stories in the Museo del Prado
23.01.2012 - 26.05.2013

El Siglo XIX en el Prado
31.10.2007 - 20.04.2008

Location +

Room 061B (On Display)

Update date: 24-01-2023 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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