Sunday, June 18, 2017

Edna entrusts Tobias with Sara (c. 1690)


Edna entrusts Tobias with Sara (c. 1690)
Arent de Gelder 1645 – 1727
oil on canvas (113 × 154 cm) — c. 1690
Tobit 10:12 - And he said to his daughter, Honour thy father and thy mother in law, which are now thy parents, that I may hear good report of thee. And he kissed her. Edna also said to Tobias, The Lord of heaven restore thee, my dear brother, and grant that I may see thy children of my daughter Sara before I die, that I may rejoice before the Lord: behold, I commit my daughter unto thee of special trust; where are do not entreat her evil.
Edna holds the hands of her daughter Sara and of Tobias, her new husband. It appears that she blesses their marriage. Her husband Raguel seems surprised.

From left to right: Raguel, Sarah, Edna and Tobias. The women are dressed in the style of the 1690's in western Europe, but the men wear oriental gowns and turbans.

The painting is in the Leiden Collection.
>>>> Tobit



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