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Pencz, Georg
The Wedding of Tobias and Sarah; No. 6 in a series of 7: The Story of Tobit
1543

Dating from 1543, The Wedding of Tobias and Sarah serves as the penultimate plate in Georg Pencz’s series illustrating episodes from the Book of Tobit. After a long journey, Tobias and the angel arrive to Ecbatana where they are to lodge at Raguel and Edna’s home—relatives of Tobit’s. Raguel and Edna offer their guests a warm welcome and slaughter a ram to honour this visit (Tobit 7:8), a scene that is captured by the artist at the far right as a subsidiary moment to the action set in the foreground. At centre, Raguel looks at Tobias in the eyes and offers him his daughter, Sarah, in marriage (Tobit 7:12-13). Raguel’s physical appearance—highlighted by his beard and knee high boots—resembles that of Tobit in the other prints that form part of this series to highlight their kinship. To the left, the Archangel Raphael, with arms raised, is pleased to witness this marital unison. Meanwhile, Edna, who stands behind her daughter, weeps. Behind the figures, a table with dinner plates and a drinking vessel are prepared to celebrate Tobias and Sarah’s wedding.

 
Pencz, Georg
Breslau, Poland around 1500–Leipzig, Germany 1550
The Wedding of Tobias and Sarah; No. 6 in a series of 7: The Story of Tobit
1543
Engraving, state 1 of 1
overall: 6.9 cm x 10.5 cm
Purchase, Bader Acquisition Fund, 2010
53-046.066

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