The Angel Departing from the Family of Tobias, 1641

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With Tobias safely home, the debt retrieved, and Tobit's eyesight restored, Raphael's mission is complete. He finally reveals his identity as he departs in a freely sketched flurry of clouds and drapery. Endowed with spiritual perception, only Tobit—and his wife, Anna—witness his departure, which so startles Anna that she drops her cane. In the Bible, just father and son are present at the leave-taking, but Rembrandt assembled the entire household, displaying his fondness for down-to-earth domesticity. Also taking leave is Tobias's dog, said to be the only dog given a specific role in the Bible.

The Angel Departing from the Family of Tobias
Artist Life
Accession Number
black stamp verso, script verso, J. Webster (L. 1554, 1555); Joseph Maberly (L. 1845).
Catalogue Raisonne
Hind 185 ii/iii; B.43 ii/iv; Mz.179 ii/iv; Holl. 43 ii/iv; B-B.41 G i/vi
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