We are pleased to offer for sale a very nice antique oil painting on canvas from the 17th Century French School. “Tobias Receiving Instructions from His Blind Father” is the actual title. This is from the book of Tobit of the Apocrypha, see more on this below. The art measures 29” x 36” and the modern gold ornate frame is 33” x 40 ½”. The piece has beautiful rich colors and is in very good condition, considering the age. The art has had some early restoration. Aside from crazing overall, there are two areas of paint missing in the top right corner and one in the lower left corner in the middle of the table rung. Photographs of the damage are included. Provenance: Parke-Bernet Galleries, NY, circa 1970s.
FYI: The Book of Tobit ( from the Hebrew "God is good") is a book of scripture that is part of the Catholic and Orthodox biblical canon, pronounced canonical by the Council of Carthage of 397 and confirmed for Roman Catholics by the Council of Trent (1546). The Book of Tobit is listed in the canon of the Councils of Hippo (393 AD), Carthage (397 AD), and Florence (1442), and is part of the canon of both the Roman Catholic Church and Eastern Orthodox Churches, although Roman Catholics often refer to it as deuterocanonical. It is listed as a book of the "Apocrypha" in Article VI of the Thirty-Nine Articles of the Church of England. Tobit is regarded by Protestants as apocryphal because it was not included within the Tanakh nor considered canonical by Judaism. Prior to the 1952 discovery of Aramaic and Hebrew fragments of Tobit among the Dead Sea Scrolls in Cave IV at Qumran, it was believed that Tobit was not included in the Jewish canon because of late authorship, which was estimated to 100 AD. However, the Qumran fragments, which date from 100 BC to 25 AD are in agreement with the Greek text existing in three different recensions, evidence a much earlier origin than previously thought. These fragments evidence authorship no later than the 2nd Century BC, and thus at least contemporary to the date modern scholars ascribe to the final compilation of the Book of Daniel, which did attain canonical status. **This book tells the story of a righteous Israelite of the Tribe of Naphtali named Tobit living in Nineveh after the deportation of the northern tribes of Israel to Assyria in 721 BC under Sargon II. Ref: Wikipedia
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