The subject is taken from the apocryphal Book of Tobit (6: 3), and shows the angel commanding Tobias to catch the fish which has attempted to attack him in the river Tigris. Subsequently Tobias uses its gall to cure the blindness of his father Tobit.

This mature work was perhaps painted between 1617 and 1618. It has a companion piece by Domenichino depicting Moses and the Burning Bush in the Metropolitan Museum, New York.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1581 - 1641
Full title
Landscape with Tobias laying hold of the Fish
Date made
about 1610-13
Medium and support
Oil on copper
Dimensions
45.1 x 33.9 cm
Acquisition credit
Holwell Carr Bequest, 1831
Inventory number
NG48
Location in Gallery