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Title The Guardian Angel
Alternative Title Tobias and the Angel
Collection Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Artist Attributed to Assereto, Gioacchino (Italian painter, 1600-1649)
Previously attributed to Giulio Romano (Italian painter and architect, probably 1499-1546)
Date Earliest about 1600
Date Latest about 1649
Description The boy Tobias was sent by his blind father, Tobit to collect a debt in the distant land of Media. The archangel Raphael accompanied Tobias in disguise and told him to extract the heart, liver and gall of a fish to cure his father's blindness.

This story comes from the Book of Tobit which is part of the Catholic and Orthodox biblical canon but is considered apocryphal by Protestants.

Current Accession Number 1948P35
Former Accession Number P.3548
Subject religion (Tobias, Angel Raphael)
Measurements 226.1 x 143.5 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Given by T. E. Harris 1948.
Provenance Christie's 11 February 1938, lot 134, ascribed to Giulio Romano, bought by Fenonil, 17 guineas.
Publications Longhi, R., Dedalo, vol. 7, 1926, pp. 355-77; Brigstocke, H., Revue de l'Art, no. 48, 1980, pp. 37-39; Newcombe, M., Jahrbuch der Berliner Museen, 1985; Foreign Paintings in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, A Summary Catalogue, 1983, no. 3, ill.; Zennaro, Paragone, XLVI, 549, 4, November, 1995.
Notes Attribution to Assereto made c. 1938.
Rights Owner Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Author Dr Patricia Smyth



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