Ferdinand Bol 1616 – 1680

Tobias and the Angel at the River Tigris

pen drawing (21 × 29 cm) — c. 1650/52 Museum Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen

Ferdinand Bol biography

This work is linked to Tobit 6:2

Tags: Tobit | Raphael

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Tobias wants to wash his feet in the water when a fish leaps out of it, scaring the young boy. His companion, the angel, tells him to catch the fish and to remove its gall-bladder, heart and liver. Later Tobias will use the gall-bladder to cure his father's blindness.

This drawing was previously attributed to Rembrandt. An almost identical drawing is in the Louvre.

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