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

Raphael and Tobias (on the pillar)

1464-65
Fresco
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.