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Hooghe, Romeyn de
The Story of Tobias The Story of Tobias
Around 1703 Around 1703

Five important episodes from the Book of Tobit appear as separate vignettes in one combination image, accompanied by inscriptions. This plate served as an illustration for a late example of a thesaurus of the Bible, one that included summaries of the texts. Curiously, De Hooghe chose the scene of Tobias’s removal of the fish’s organs for the central image, likely because it alludes to several of the miracles that highlight the narrative. The young man wears an exotic headdress to evoke ancient custom, even though it derives from Italian dress of the 1500s.

 
Hooghe, Romeyn de
Amsterdam, Netherlands 1645–Haarlem, Netherlands 1708 Amsterdam, Netherlands 1645–Haarlem, Netherlands 1708
The Story of Tobias The Story of Tobias
Around 1703 Around 1703
Etching, state 1 of 4 Etching, state 1 of 4
overall: 18.2 cm x 21.5 cm
Purchase, Bader Acquisition Fund, 2010 Purchase, Bader Acquisition Fund, 2010
53-046.041

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