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Famous Painting Tobit and Anna with the Kid.
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Tobit and Anna with the Kid.

Name: Tobit and Anna with the Kid.
Artist: Rembrandt van Rijn
Location: Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Year: 1626

This is Rembrandt's first work based on the apocryphal Book of Tobit, one of his lifelong favorite readings. The formal source of the picture is an engraving by Jan van der Velde inspired by a 1619 drawing by Willem Buytewech. The scene is set in a humble room filled with everyday objects - a bird cage, a plait of garlic and wicker baskets where the old Tobit, fallen into poverty, sits near the window. Standing next to him is his wife Anna, holding the kid in her arms. On the floor is Tobit's cane, a little dog near the fire and a candelabrum. Anna presents Tobit with the young goat but he assumes it is stolen. She says that her employer gave it to her. He doesn't believe her and so prays to God for death. What is outstanding in this painting with respect to the model is the meticulous attention to the details of the domestic scene. To highlight important elements such as the old man's shabby cloak, his pose and Anna, Rembrandt used two light sources, the window on the left and the fire in the lower right.

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