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Velde, Jan van de, II (after Willem Buytewech)
Tobit and Anna with the Kid
Around 1619

Jan de Velde’s printed oeuvre includes many engravings after the compositions of other artists, and here he takes up a drawing by the Haarlem painter Willem Buytewech, of a scene in the Apocryphal book of Tobit. Near the beginning of the story, after the aged Tobit has gone blind and his wife Anna is forced to work as a spinner in order to support the household, she returns one day with a kid, which had been given to her by her employer as an extra reward for her good work. Tobit, however, accuses her of having stolen the animal, which she vigorously protests, outraged at his suspicion. Tobit then realizes he is wrong, and begs his wife for forgiveness. This print appears to show them arguing, with Anna leaning into her husband with pointed finger, and Tobit waving off her protest with raised hand and turned head. A comic note is added by the little goat, whose wide opened eye, looking out to the viewer, expresses shock at the harsh conflict playing out over its head.

 
Velde, Jan van de, II (after Willem Buytewech)
Rotterdam, Netherlands 1593–Enkuizen, Netherlands 1641
Tobit and Anna with the Kid
Around 1619
etching and engraving on paper, State 2 of 2
plate: 19.4 cm x 11.3 cm; sheet: 20.1 cm x 11.6 cm
Purchase, Gallery Association Purchase Fund, 2007
50-005

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