REMBRANDT Harmenszoon van Rijn
(b. 1606, Leiden, d. 1669, Amsterdam)

The blindness of Tobit

Etching, first state of two, 161 x 129 mm
Teylers Museum, Haarlem

Catalogue number: Bartsch 42.

In this etching of blind old Tobit making his way to the door to greet his returning son, Rembrandt adapted the figure of the blind man by Raphael from a cartoon for tapestries ordered by Pope Leo X for the Sistine Chapel. Rembrandt could have known the design from an engraving.