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Küsel, Melchior, I; Baur, Johann Wilhelm Baur (after)
Tobias and the Angel in a mountainous landscape with two bridges Tobias and the Angel in a mountainous landscape with two bridges
1670 1670

Melchior Küsel I came from a family of German engravers and was active during the Baroque period in Augsburg. Küsel I had his own publishing house and became known through his etchings made after originals by the German etcher and painter, Johann Wilhelm Baur. By making copies after Baur’s prints, Küsel I helped disseminate the former’s designs; interest in Baur’s works carried on into the eighteenth century. Landscapes formed a key part of Baur’s creations. The present illustration draws inspiration from the Book of Tobit. At the bottom of the print, Tobias and the angel walk in the direction of the viewer. Raphael gestures with his right hand, and the two figures are engaged in a conversation. They barely notice the expansive landscape that surrounds them. Tall, massive structures occupy the background on the right side of the composition, while a waterfall gushes out of a wooded area on the left side. This stream of water joins the river that cuts across the picture plane on a diagonal axis. Two arched shape bridges connect the lands that Tobias and the angel travel on their journey to Media.

 
Küsel, Melchior, I; Baur, Johann Wilhelm Baur (after)
Augsburg, Germany 1626-Augsburg, Germany 1683; Germany 1607-1642 Augsburg, Germany 1626-Augsburg, Germany 1683; Germany 1607-1642
Tobias and the Angel in a mountainous landscape with two bridges Tobias and the Angel in a mountainous landscape with two bridges
1670 1670
Etching Etching
overall: 14.4 cm x 21.5 cm
Purchase, Bader Acquisition Fund, 2010 Purchase, Bader Acquisition Fund, 2010
53-046.043

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