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Tobias and the Angel
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
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Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de

Fuendetodos, Zaragoza (Spain), 1746 - Bordeaux (France), 1828

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Tobias and the Angel

Ca. 1787. Oil on canvas.
Room 034

This devotional painting illustrates an Old Testament story (Tobias 6, 1-8) in which Tobias meets the Archangel Raphael. The story of the two Tobias, father and son, is a model of Jewish piety and the father foreshadows the suffering of Christ´s Passion. He was faithful to the Law of God in the midst of generalized abuse and was put to the test on various occasions, always successfully. This scene depicts one of those events, when he went blind and God sent the Archangel Raphael to tell his son that his father could be cured by applying fish liver to his eyes. Notable here is the use of light as the most important technical element. The Archangel´s brilliance is, in fact, the only source of light in the whole composition.


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Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
Tobias and the Angel
Ca. 1787
Height: 63.5 cm; Width: 51.5 cm
Escenas de Tobías como prefiguración de Cristo, (1)
Collection of Martín Zapater (?); Francisco Zapater y Gómez, Zaragoza, 1863 (?); Collection of M. de Heredia, Madrid, 1886; Private Collection in Madrid, late nineteenth century -2003; Acquired by the State as non-recourse debt, 2003.

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Inv. Nuevas Adquisiciones (iniciado en 1856). Núm. 2647.

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Room 034 (On Display)

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

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