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Artist Baskin, Leonard
Title TOBIAS AND THE ANGEL
Date c. 1970
Medium woodcut, 223/300
Culture American
Catalog Number 1973.2
Collection Modern Art Collection
Object Name Print
Credit line Gift of the Christmas Fair Committee 1972
Didactic Information Baskin's artistic influences are mainly drawn from the Bible and Greek mythology. Tobias and the Angel depicts a story from the Book of Tobin, which tells of Tobias' journey to collect money for his blind father. Tobias, accompanied by the Archangel Raphael, encounters large fish whose internal organs supply the medicine necessary to cure his father's blindness.

This story has been painted numerous times over hundreds of years. In the late 16th century commissions of paintings of Tobias and the Angel were often regarded as an offer of thanks for a safe return.