The Blindness of Tobit, 1651

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A succinct embodiment of pathos, this print came toward the end of Rembrandt's long fascination with the Book of Tobit. It focuses on the approach of Tobit's long-absent son while exploring the idea of inner and outer vision. Hearing Tobias's dog, Tobit topples a spinning wheel in his effort to reach the door, which eludes him as he poignantly stumbles toward his shadow. His senses are of little use, Rembrandt implies; Tobit must look to his faith for direction.

The Blindness of Tobit
Artist Life
Accession Number
From card: Woodburn, as stated on old mat. Mounted on old piece of cardboard presumably by S. Woodburn, in pen verso (L. 2584). William M. Ladd
Catalogue Raisonne
Hind 252 only state; B.42; Hollstein 42 ii/ii; Mz.181 ii/ii; B-B.51-D ii/ii
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