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Pencz, Georg
Tobias Leaving the Table; Plate 1 from a series of 7: The Story of Tobit
1543

This engraving belongs to a set of seven prints Georg Pencz produced in 1543 related to the Book of Tobit. The first plate in the series, this scene depicts the moment when Tobias walks into his home and tells his father that a strangled man lies outside the house (Tobit 2:3-4). Taken aback by the news, Tobit immediately stands up from his chair at the dinner table, where his family and friends are about to enjoy a feast to celebrate Pentecost, and sets out to bury the dead man. On the far left, through an arched opening, Pencz depicts the strangled body, whom Tobias has discovered laying on the ground. Nearby, in the foreground, Tobias leans in toward his frail father to inform him of the incident. The other dinner guests, including a standing woman on the right side of the print, all stare at Tobias attentively. At the top right, Pencz’s initials appear near a column.

 
Pencz, Georg
Breslau, Poland around 1500–Leipzig, Germany 1550
Tobias Leaving the Table; Plate 1 from a series of 7: The Story of Tobit
1543
Engraving, state 1 of 2
overall: 6.3 cm x 9.3 cm
Purchase, Bader Acquisition Fund, 2010
53-046.062

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