STROZZI, Bernardo
(b. 1581, Genova, d. 1644, Venezia)

The Healing of Tobit

c. 1635
Oil on canvas, 158 x 224 cm
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg

Gathered around Tobit are the key figures of the Old Testament account of his life: his wife, Anna, their son Tobias, the loyal dog that accompanied Tobias and the angel on their dangerous journey, and the fish that nearly killed Tobias before he caught it and removed its organs to make a medicine to restore his father's eyesight. For Strozzi the main means of expression is colour, so bright and rich compared to his other paintings that it seems an eloquent metaphor for the end to the old man's blindness.

This painting, a biblical story depicted as a genre scene, is one of the several versions of this subject painted by Bernardo Strozzi.

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