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Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669), School of - Tobit

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17th century religious Old Master oil painting "The return of Tobias to his family by the angel" also known as "Tobias healing his father's blindness". Genuinely one of the most beautiful paintings that we have had in our 10+ years in the trade. \r
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This exquisite painting has been swiftly and confidently painted by a talented hand, the quality is very high and perhaps the work might be a sketch. The handling of the figures and background appears to evoke the spirit of the Rembrandt school, whilst the vivid colors of the fabrics might hint at a possible Flemish influence. \r
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The Book of Tobit, also known as the Book of Tobias or the Book of Tobi, is a 3rd or early 2nd century BC Jewish work describing how God tests the faithful, responds to prayers, and protects the covenant community (i. e. , the Israelites) . It tells the story of two Israelite families, that of the blind Tobit in Nineveh and of the abandoned Sarah in Ecbatana. Tobit's son Tobias is sent to retrieve ten silver talents that Tobit once left in Rages, a town in Media; guided and aided by the angel Raphael he arrives in Ecbatana, where he meets Sarah. A demon named Asmodeus has fallen in love with her and kills anyone she intends to marry, but with the aid of Raphael the demon is exorcised and Tobias and Sarah marry, after which they return to Nineveh where Tobit is cured of his blindness. This key moment, the return of Tobias, is depicted in our painting. \r
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The oil on panel measures ca. 40*57cms and with the frame (beautiful condition, given as a gift to the buyer) ca. 54*71 cms. The painting itself is also in very good condition. \r
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Provenance: private collection Netherlands \r
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17th century religious Old Master oil painting "The return of Tobias to his family by the angel" also known as "Tobias healing his father's blindness". Genuinely one of the most beautiful paintings that we have had in our 10+ years in the trade. \r
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This exquisite painting has been swiftly and confidently painted by a talented hand, the quality is very high and perhaps the work might be a sketch. The handling of the figures and background appears to evoke the spirit of the Rembrandt school, whilst the vivid colors of the fabrics might hint at a possible Flemish influence. \r
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The Book of Tobit, also known as the Book of Tobias or the Book of Tobi, is a 3rd or early 2nd century BC Jewish work describing how God tests the faithful, responds to prayers, and protects the covenant community (i. e. , the Israelites) . It tells the story of two Israelite families, that of the blind Tobit in Nineveh and of the abandoned Sarah in Ecbatana. Tobit's son Tobias is sent to retrieve ten silver talents that Tobit once left in Rages, a town in Media; guided and aided by the angel Raphael he arrives in Ecbatana, where he meets Sarah. A demon named Asmodeus has fallen in love with her and kills anyone she intends to marry, but with the aid of Raphael the demon is exorcised and Tobias and Sarah marry, after which they return to Nineveh where Tobit is cured of his blindness. This key moment, the return of Tobias, is depicted in our painting. \r
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The oil on panel measures ca. 40*57cms and with the frame (beautiful condition, given as a gift to the buyer) ca. 54*71 cms. The painting itself is also in very good condition. \r
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Provenance: private collection Netherlands \r
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