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Tobias healing his Father
Strozzi, Bernardo
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Strozzi, Bernardo

Genoa, 1581 - Venice, 1644

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Tobias healing his Father

1640 - 1644. Oil on canvas.
Room 006

This Old-Testament scene (Tobias 11, 1-19), illustrates the moment when, following the Archangel Raphael´s instructions, Tobias places fish liver on his blind father´s eyes. Tobias the father and Tobias, the son, appear in company of the Archangel and Anne, the father´s wife, as well as a dog and a fish. This scene, the Archangel´s revelation and a song of praise mark the end the Bible´s book of Tobias and of the suffering he underwent to prove his faith in God. Notable here is the combination of strong chiaroscuro effects drawn from the work of Caravaggio, along with intense and warm colors whose use Strozzi learned from Ruben´s painting.

A very close version of this work with almost matching measurements is in the Hermitage Museum (inv. 16, 1632, oil on canvas, 158 x 223.5 cm). (Information updated by the Department of Italian and French Painting until 1800 on May 23, 2022).

Technical data

Inventory number
Strozzi, Bernardo
Tobias healing his Father
1640 - 1644
Height: 145 cm; Width: 222 cm
Heirs of the Count of Peña Castillo, 1994. Acquired by the Ministry of Culture, 2011

Bibliography +

Boccardo, Piero, Genova e la Spagna : Opere, Artisti, Commitenti, Collezionis, Silvana Editoriale, Genova, 2002, pp. 212.

Manzitti, Camillo, Bernardo Strozzi, U. Allemandi, 2012, pp. 214, n.316.

Santos Bueso, Enrique, Oftalmología en el Museo del Prado, Gertograf, 2015, pp. 12.

Other inventories +

Inv. Nuevas Adquisiciones (iniciado en 1856). Núm. 2667.

Location +

Room 006 (On Display)

Update date: 24-05-2022 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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