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Tobias and the Angel Sandro di Lorenzo di Smeraldo Andrea del Verrocchio (workshop of)


Sandro di Lorenzo di Smeraldo Florence, 1483 – Florence, ca. 1554

Andrea del Verrocchio (workshop of) Florence, 1435 – Venice, 1488

Culture Italian
Date second half of the 15th century
Object type sculpture
Medium, technique terracotta

53 × 29 × 18 cm, 10 kg

Inventory number 2047
Collection Sculptures
On view Museum of Fine Arts, Second Floor, European Sculpture 1350-1800, Gallery 1

The story of Tobias and the angel is known from the Book of Tobit. The young Tobias captured a fish from the River Tigris with the help of Archangel Raphael. Helped by the archangel, Tobias used offal from the fish to cure his father’s blindness. Tobias and the angel were usually depicted with the fish and Tobias’ faithful dog. The work of the Confraternita di San Raffaele rendered these
representations more common in 15th-century Florence. The Budapest terracotta was probably made by the sculptor conventionally known as the Master of the Unruly Children, who worked in Florence in the early sixteenth century, and who is usually identified with the sculptor Sandro di Lorenzo di Smeraldo in recent scholarship.


Balogh, Jolán, Katalog der ausländischen Bildwerke des Museums der bildenden Künste in Budapest, IV – XVIII. Jahrhundert: 1. Textband Bd. 1, Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, 1975, p. 71-72., no. 67.

Verrocchio Krisztusa/Verrocchio’s Christ, Szépművészeti Múzeum, Budapest, 2003, p. 58-59, no. 5.

This record is subject to revision due to ongoing research.

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