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Velde, Jan van de, II; Uyttenbroeck, Moses van (after)
Tobias Walking with the Angel, Holding the Fish (No. 3 in a series of 4: “The Book of Tobit”) Tobias Walking with the Angel, Holding the Fish (No. 3 in a series of 4: “The Book of Tobit”)
around 1620 - 1630 around 1620 - 1630

Jan van de Velde is famous for his rich and elegant renderings of landscape, combining the emerging interest in observed landscape with the fantasy tradition inherited from Mannerism and from Flemish landscape art. The second in a dynasty of artists with the same name, he divided most of his productive years between the artistic centre of Haarlem, and the North Holland port of Enkhuizen. He is reported to have made paintings as well. His graphic oeuvre also includes a number of reproductive engravings after designs by fellow Dutch artists. Here he likely worked from a set of drawing by the classicizing painter Moyses van Wtenbrouck (Uyttenbroek) who was active in The Hague, showing four scenes from the story of Tobias. This is the third scene, of Tobias just after he has been attacked by the fish. He walks with the captured fish hanging from his proper left hand, accompanied by the angel, and by his dog, which barks at some birds flying away to the left. Van de Velde communicates Wtenbrouck’s richly varied arrangement of landscape and forms, which show the same abstract roundness seen in his idealizing figures. The smiling figures exude an innocent charm, not wholly consistent with the Latin inscription below, which emphasizes the story’s emotion and drama. This interpretation reveals Van de Velde’s own attention to tonality and elegant contours and shapes.

 
Velde, Jan van de, II; Uyttenbroeck, Moses van (after)
Rotterdam, Netherlands 1593-Enkuizen, Netherlands 1641; The Hague, Netherlands c. 1595-The Hague, Netherlands before 1647 Rotterdam, Netherlands 1593-Enkuizen, Netherlands 1641; The Hague, Netherlands c. 1595-The Hague, Netherlands before 1647
Tobias Walking with the Angel, Holding the Fish (No. 3 in a series of 4: “The Book of Tobit”) Tobias Walking with the Angel, Holding the Fish (No. 3 in a series of 4: “The Book of Tobit”)
around 1620 - 1630 around 1620 - 1630
engraving on paper, state 1 of 2 engraving on paper, state 1 of 2
plate: 17.1 cm x 20.8 cm; sheet: 17.2 cm x 20.9 cm
Purchase, Gallery Association Purchase Fund, 2007 Purchase, Gallery Association Purchase Fund, 2007
50-004

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