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Tobit, asleep under a vine, is blinded

Tobit, asleep under a vine, is blinded

Jan Baptist Weenix (in 1641 - 1642)

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It is not widely know that, before his trip to Italy in 1642 and 1643, Weenix produced works more or less in the style of Rembrandt; this ‘Tobias under the vine’ is the best known of these. It represents a fragment from the Bible story told in Tobias 2: 10-11. ‘And the same night also I returned from the burial, and slept by the wall of my courtyard, being polluted and my face was uncovered, and I knew not that there were sparrows in the wall; and mine eyes being open, the sparrows muted warm dung into mine eyes, and a whiteness came in mine eyes.’ The apocrypha Bible book of Tobias clearly enjoyed Rembrandt’s favour and is one of the themes that he depicted on several occasions.

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Title Tobit, asleep under a vine, is blinded
Material and technique Oil on canvas
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Dimensions Height 92.5 cm
Width 81.5 cm
Artists Schilder: Jan Baptist Weenix
Vroegere toeschrijving: Barent Fabritius
Accession number 1204 (OK)
Credits Aankoop / Purchase: 1869
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 1869
Age artist Between 20 and 21 years old
External exhibitions langdurig bruikleen Catharijneconvent (2014)
Langdurig bruikleen Steen, Calvijn, Weenix en Cuyp (2019)
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Geographical origin Northern Netherlands > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

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Jan Baptist Weenix

Amsterdam 1621 - De Haar 1659/1661

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