GOZZOLI, Benozzo
(b. ca. 1420, Firenze, d. 1497, Pistoia)

Raphael and Tobias (on the pillar)

Apsidal chapel, Sant'Agostino, San Gimignano

The picture type of the archangel Raphael and Tobias first appeared in the 15th century. The event depicts a parable of God's mercy: Tobias, who was sent out on a journey by his blinded father, is being protected and guided by the archangel Raphael. When Tobias washes his feet in a river, he is frightened by a large fish, which he catches and guts on the advice of the angel. The innards prove to be a medicine which he can use to restore his father's sight.