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Lesire, Paulus
Tobias Healing his Father Tobias Healing his Father
Around 1640 Around 1640

This grand tableau of human relations and interaction qualifies as the artist’s masterpiece. An early pupil of Rembrandt in Leiden, Lesire must have maintained access to the master’s studio, as he adapted a drawing of the early 1640s for his theme and figural arrangement in this painting. In a moving touch, he emphasizes Tobit’s flinching as the salve is applied to his eyes, in keeping with the description of this detail in the Dutch States Bible translation of the text.

 
Lesire, Paulus
Dordrecht, Netherlands 1611-The Hague, Netherlands 1656 Dordrecht, Netherlands 1611-The Hague, Netherlands 1656
Tobias Healing his Father Tobias Healing his Father
Around 1640 Around 1640
Oil on canvas Oil on canvas
height / width: 159.00 x 216.00 cm; 62.60 x 85.04 in.
Gift of Alfred and Isabel Bader, 1991 Gift of Alfred and Isabel Bader, 1991
34-020.05

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