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Creator Name: Rembrandt
Creator Nationality: Dutch
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1606 - 1669
Creator Birth Place: Leiden
Creator Death Place: Amsterdam
Creator Name-CRT: Rembrandt
Title: The Blindness of Tobit: The Large Plate
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1651
Creation End Date: 1651
Creation Date: 1651
Object Type: Prints
Classification Term: Print
Materials and Techniques: etching and drypoint
Dimensions: Sheet: 16.3cm x 13.2cm, Platemark: 15.8cm x 12.9cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 2002.10
Credit Line: Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund
Provenance: Earl of Aylesford (Lugt 58); John Heywood Hawkins (Lugt 3022); Duke of Buccleuch (Lugt 402); [sale London, Christie's, 19-22 April 1887 lot 1777, bought by Danlos, Paris]; Alfred Strölin; [sale Klipstein & Kornfeld, Bern, 7 June 1961, lot #20 bought by C.G. Boerner]; Private Collection, Germany, 1961-91; Joseph Ritman, Amsterdam; [sale Artemis and Sotheby's, no. 19, New York, 1995]
Style or Period: Netherlands, 17th century
Context: The Blindness of Tobit is a deeply moving image of human frailty, faith, and the love between father and son. It illustrates the moment when Tobias, Tobit's son, nears home after collecting a debt for his father. In his hurry to reach the door to greet his son, Tobit overturns his wife Hannah's spinning wheel and stumbles against Tobias's dog, who ran ahead to announce the imminent arrival of the travelers. Tobit gropes with his outstretched right arm for the door, which, pathetically, he misses.Rembrandt was particularly interested in the Book of Tobit, an apocryphal book of the Old Testament which inspired about fifty-five drawings, etchings, and paintings spanning the artist's career. For this impression, Rembrandt used his fingers to manipulate a very fine layer of pale transparent ink left on the surface of the plate, leaving one small area, Tobit's beard, clean of ink. He rendered the ordeal of the poor and pious Tobit with a poignant eloquence.
AMICA ID: CMA_.2002.10
AMICA Library Year: 2003
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