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Braun, Augustin
The Wedding Night of Tobias and Sarah; No. 5 in a series of 6: The Story of Tobit The Wedding Night of Tobias and Sarah; No. 5 in a series of 6: The Story of Tobit
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After a marriage agreement is reached between Tobias and Sarah, the former is invited to stay the night in her bedchamber (Tobit 8: 1–15). Knowing that Sarah has had a troubled past with her seven previous bridegrooms, the Archangel Raphael instructs Tobias to throw the heart and liver of the fish he had caught at the Tigris River into the roasting fire to cast away the evil spirit that has plagued Sarah for so many years. The spirit, personified in the form a large flying demon, vacates the premises and looks toward the viewer with an air of surprise and disgust. Further back in the composition, through the window and under the moonlight, the angel chases away the repulsive demon. Shortly after this pivotal moment, Tobias and Sarah pray to God for the Lord’s blessing. Here, both figures are kneeling at the edge of the bed and look heavenward as they clasp their hands together in an act of worship. Behind the newlyweds, a table with an arrangement of still-life elements, including a burning candle, a large praying book and a pewter plate adorns the room. Fearing the worst for his daughter’s newest companion, Raguel digs a grave outside.

 
Braun, Augustin
Cologne, Germany c. 1570-Cologne, Germany 1639 Cologne, Germany c. 1570-Cologne, Germany 1639
The Wedding Night of Tobias and Sarah; No. 5 in a series of 6: The Story of Tobit The Wedding Night of Tobias and Sarah; No. 5 in a series of 6: The Story of Tobit
n. d. n. d.
Engraving and etching, state 1 of 1 Engraving and etching, state 1 of 1
overall: 21 cm x 26 cm
Purchase, Bader Acquisition Fund, 2010 Purchase, Bader Acquisition Fund, 2010
53-046.010

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