Last week we showed you Rembrandt’s etching The blindness of Tobit from 1651. Our Fact Friday question was: ‘Do you know what etching by Rembrandt shows the scene that follows on from The blindness of Tobit?’ The answer is The angel departing from the family of Tobit from 1641.
On this etching we can see Tobit’s son Tobias returning from his long journey. His travelling companion and counsellor – to whom he owes the recommendation of fish gall as a cure for his father’s blindness – has just revealed himself as the archangel Raphael and flown away.
Tobias and his father kneel in the left foreground. To the right we see the valuables they offered Raphael as a reward. The ass in the background would have been part of the caravan with which Tobias returned home. The unusual image of the angel flying away is borrowed from a woodcut by Dirck Volkertsz. Coornhert after Maarten van Heemskerck (Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam).
On the left: Rembrandt, The blindness of Tobit, 1651. Etching and drypoint, The Rembrandt House Museum, Amsterdam.
On the right: Rembrandt, The angel departing from the family of Tobit, 1641. Etching and drypoint, The Rembrandt House Museum, Amsterdam.