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Hollar, Wenceslaus; Goudt, Hendrik (after); Elsheimer, Adam(after)
The Small Tobias The Small Tobias
n.d. n.d.

Wenceslaus Hollar was an outstanding etcher and draughtsman, and in the 1640s and 1650s, at the midway point of his career, his artistic output relied heavily on the production of reproductive prints. The Small Tobias is a reproductive etching made after Hendrik Goudt’s 1608 print of the same subject, which in turn was made after Adam Elsheimer’s copper panel Tobias and the Angel, now at the Historisches Museum in Frankfurt. In each of these works, Tobias travels from Nineveh to Media in the company of his faithful dog and his guardian, the Archangel Raphael. The protagonists occupy the foreground of the composition and cross a waterway on stepping-stones from right to left. Behind the figures, a variety of thick, leafy trees populate the landscape. The young Tobias carries a fish under his left arm and a walking stick in his right hand. The weight of the fish hinders Tobias’s forward movement as he makes his way through the marshy terrain. Though positioned behind Tobias, the angel guides the former across the stones in the water by holding his arm to alleviate some of the physical burden. This gesture also serves as evidence that divine inspiration will facilitate Tobias’s safe return to his parents after his journey to Media.

 
Hollar, Wenceslaus; Goudt, Hendrik (after); Elsheimer, Adam(after)
Prague, Czech Republic 1607-London, England 1677; The Hague, Netherlands 1583-Utrecht, Netherlands 1648; Frankfurt am Main 1578-Rome, Italy 1610 Prague, Czech Republic 1607-London, England 1677; The Hague, Netherlands 1583-Utrecht, Netherlands 1648; Frankfurt am Main 1578-Rome, Italy 1610
The Small Tobias The Small Tobias
n.d. n.d.
Etching on paper, state 1 of 1 Etching on paper, state 1 of 1
overall: 12.5 cm x 18.2 cm
Purchase, Bader Acquisition Fund, 2010 Purchase, Bader Acquisition Fund, 2010
53-046.040

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