Sunday, June 18, 2017

The Marriage of Tobias and Sara (1667)

The Marriage of Tobias and Sara (1667)
Jan Havicksz. Steen ca. 1626 – 1679
oil on canvas (131 × 172 cm) — 1667
Tobit 7:13 - Then he called his daughter Sara, and she came to her father, and he took her by the hand, and gave her to be wife to Tobias, saying, Behold, take her after the law of Moses, and lead her away to thy father. And he blessed them;
Tobias has found his wife: Sara, whose previous attempts at marriage had been disturbed by a demon. Sitting at the table, Sara's parents watch as the marriage papers are written. To the right, the festivities begin.

In this painting Jan Steen combined Dutch domestic scenes with a biblical subject.

Later that night, Tobias' friend the archangel Raphael would help to eliminate the demon. Steen also painted that episode of Tobias' story.
>>>> Tobit

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