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Lautensack, Hanns
Landscape with Tobias and the Angel by the river (‘Donaustrudel bei Grein’) No. 5 in a series of 6: Landscapes with Biblical Scenes Landscape with Tobias and the Angel by the river (‘Donaustrudel bei Grein’) No. 5 in a series of 6: Landscapes with Biblical Scenes
Around 1570 Around 1570

The German printmaker Hanns Launtesack produced a number of etched landscapes over the course of his career. While Lautensack’s earlier landscapes tend to be linked to the Danube tradition, starting in the mid-1550s, they increasingly draw inspiration from artists in the circle of the Flemish print publisher Hieronymus Cock. The story of Tobias catching the fish as narrated in the Book of Tobit (6:3) serves as the subject of this print; however, the landscape remains the primary focus of the composition. Lautensack situates Tobias and Raphael at the bottom right edge of the scene heightening the impression of the expansive environment that surrounds the figures. A massive rock formation occupies the focal point of the etching, dwarfing the structures that populate the shorelines on either side of the river, including the ruin located behind the two biblical characters. A wide variety of squiggly lines creates the effect of ripples in the water, lending this work a sense of movement. In Lautensack’s etching, all of the elements serve to underscore the strenuous nature of Tobias and the angel’s journey to Media.

 
Lautensack, Hanns
Bamberg, Germany 1524-Vienna, Austria 1565 Bamberg, Germany 1524-Vienna, Austria 1565
Landscape with Tobias and the Angel by the river (‘Donaustrudel bei Grein’) No. 5 in a series of 6: Landscapes with Biblical Scenes Landscape with Tobias and the Angel by the river (‘Donaustrudel bei Grein’) No. 5 in a series of 6: Landscapes with Biblical Scenes
Around 1570 Around 1570
Etching and engraving, state 2 of 3 Etching and engraving, state 2 of 3
overall: 19.4 cm x 29.7 cm
Purchase, Bader Acquisition Fund, 2010 Purchase, Bader Acquisition Fund, 2010
53-046.046

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