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Pencz, Georg
The Blinding of Tobit; No. 3 in a series of 7: The Story of Tobit The Blinding of Tobit; No. 3 in a series of 7: The Story of Tobit
1543 1543

This engraving serves as the third plate in a series of seven prints Pencz created in 1543 illustrating episodes from the Book of Tobit. After burying a dead man found near his home, Tobit, who is dirty from carrying out the selfless task, decides to sleep by the wall of his courtyard. Overnight, two birds perched above the area where Tobit is resting drop dung into his eyes, causing the old man to go blind (Tobit 2:9-10). In Pencz’s engraving, Tobit is shown lying on a bed below a glass window with a book by his side. He points to his blind eyes with his right index finger. Meanwhile, Anna, who stands next to her husband conversing with two other men, points to the birds that caused Tobit’s blindness. In the background on the far left, the artist chose to represent a subsidiary moment of the biblical narrative. Anna can be seen bringing home the young goat that she has received as payment from one of her employers for her spun wool. Though relegated to the background, the kid’s presence is noteworthy, as it unjustly leads Tobit to accuse his wife of stealing the animal.

 
Pencz, Georg
Breslau, Poland 1500-Leipzig, Germany 1550 Breslau, Poland 1500-Leipzig, Germany 1550
The Blinding of Tobit; No. 3 in a series of 7: The Story of Tobit The Blinding of Tobit; No. 3 in a series of 7: The Story of Tobit
1543 1543
Engraving, state 2 of 2 Engraving, state 2 of 2
overall: 6.9 cm x 10.5 cm
Purchase, Bader Acquisition Fund, 2010 Purchase, Bader Acquisition Fund, 2010
53-046.064

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