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Uyttenbroeck, Moses van
Tobit Entrusts his Son to the Angel (The Hondius Edition) No. 1 in a series of 4: The Story of Tobias Tobit Entrusts his Son to the Angel (The Hondius Edition) No. 1 in a series of 4: The Story of Tobias
1646 1646

Tobit Entrusts his Son to the Angel is an etching originally produced by Moses van Uyttenbroeck that was published again at a later date by the bookseller and print publisher Hendrik Hondius. Van Uyttenbroeck specialized in the depiction of history subjects drawing inspiration from the Bible and mythological scenes derived from Ovid’s Metamorphoses. The subject of this print is taken from the apocryphal Book of Tobit. Although he cannot see, Tobit attentively listens to the Archangel Raphael, disguised as Azarias, while placing his left hand on his son’s back encouraging Tobias to embark on his journey to Media. With his burly hand, the angel points toward the path that will lead Tobias to his eventual destination. The road curves around a stream of water, on which trees and branches are reflected. The silhouette of an animal, most likely Tobias’s dog, can be deciphered on the middle of the path. While not particularly threatening, the landscape is rather bare. Aside from the periphery of the building that stands behind the protagonists, only a single structure is depicted in the distance. The angel’s facial expression signals the taxing nature of the journey that lies ahead of Tobias.

 
Uyttenbroeck, Moses van
The Hague, Netherlands 1600-The Hague, Netherlands 1646 The Hague, Netherlands 1600-The Hague, Netherlands 1646
Tobit Entrusts his Son to the Angel (The Hondius Edition) No. 1 in a series of 4: The Story of Tobias Tobit Entrusts his Son to the Angel (The Hondius Edition) No. 1 in a series of 4: The Story of Tobias
1646 1646
Etching, state 3 of 4 Etching, state 3 of 4
overall: 12.8 cm x 18.3 cm
Purchase, Bader Acquisition Fund, 2010 Purchase, Bader Acquisition Fund, 2010
53-046.085

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