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The hollow eyes of blind Tobit are anointed with fish gall by Tobias. Engraving by S.F. Ravenet, 1767, after R. Earlom after Agostino Carracci.

  • Carracci, Agostino, 1557-1602
Date
1767
Reference
21509i
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Description

Bible. Apocrypha. Tobit 11.13. The angel informs Tobias that the liver and heart of the fish will cure demoniac possession, while the gall will cure blindness. The fish had threatened to swallow Tobias (Tobit 6.2), but the writer tells us only that it was "a large fish"

Publication/Creation

1767

Physical description

1 print : line engraving ; image 38.6 x 50.1 cm

Lettering

Tobias anointing his father's eyes. From the original picture painted by Agostino Caracci in the collection of Mr. Gerard van der Gucht. Size of the picture 7f. 9i. by 8f. 8i. in length. Agostino Caracci pinx.t R. Earlom delin.t S.F. Ravenet sculpsit

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 21509i

References note

Jean-Claude Boyer, 'Some identifications of paintings in the collection of "le grand Colbert"', The Burlington magazine, April 2014, 156: 212-218, pp. 214-215

Creator/production credits

Boyer describes the attribution to Agostino Carracci as surprising, but (in the absence of the painting) unverifiable (loc. cit.)

Lettering note

Bears number: Vol II. No. 17

Reproduction note

After a painting in the collection of Jean-Baptiste Colbert; subsequently belonging to Gerard van der Gucht and lot 51 in his posthumous sale at Christie's in 1777; afterwards to the dealer Richard Clark (1805); subsequently lost (Boyer, loc. cit.)

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