Sunday, May 21, 2017

The Wedding Night of Tobias and Sarah

The Wedding Night of Tobias and Sarah
Pieter Lastman ca. 1583 – 1633
oil on panel (41 × 58 cm) — 1611

Tobit 8:2 - And as he went, he remembered the words of Raphael, and took the ashes of the perfumes, and put the heart and the liver of the fish thereupon, and made a smoke therewith.

Seven marriages of Sarah had ended in disaster: all her husbands were killed by a demon during the wedding night. So Tobias was forewarned. He recalled something his companion, the angel Raphael, had told him. He had to burn the liver of the fish he caught in chapter 6 to fumigate the demon.

So here we see Tobias busy with the fire while Sarah looks on from the bed. Above them the angel controls the demon.

Lastman's pupil Rembrandt would also paint a waiting Sarah. Also, it is very well possible that Jan Steen saw Lastman's panel before he made his version of the episode.
>>>> Raphael

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