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Panel - Tobias instructed by Raphael in the preparation of the fish
  • Tobias instructed by Raphael in the preparation of the fish
    Murer, Christoph Christopher Stoffel Maurer Kristoffel Maurer Meurer
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Tobias instructed by Raphael in the preparation of the fish

  • Object:

    Panel

  • Place of origin:

    Switzerland (designed)
    Ulm (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1600 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Murer, Christoph Christopher Stoffel Maurer Kristoffel Maurer Meurer (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stained glass

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with funds from the Murray Bequest

  • Museum number:

    C.564-1921

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This panel shows a scene from the Old Testament story of Tobias and the Angel. Here the Archangel Raphael (in white) instructs Tobias (in blue) how to prepare the fish to provide various balms that will be used to cure his father’s blindness and drive away demons.

It illustrates one of the new techniques for decorating glass that were introduced in the mid 16th century. Glassmakers used paints known as 'enamels' to paint directly onto the glass, similar to painting onto a canvas. The colours were produced by adding metallic oxides to a ground glass (frit) mixture. The resulting wide colour range included the delicate pinks, yellows, greens, reds and purples shown here.

Christoph Murer (1558-1614) was a distinguished Swiss glass painter. He produced numerous designs for stained glass windows, including a series based on Tobias and the Angel that includes this panel. Although Murer created the design, the actual panel was probably made in a workshop in southern Germany.

Physical description

Panel depicting Tobias instructed by Raphael to take the heart, liver and gall from a fish pond found by him in the Tigris. Above an inscription. Below, on the right, a coat of arms inserted from another panel, and to the left part of an inscription "H FRIEDRICH MEYER ZUM SCHOFFEL ERWOLT".

Place of Origin

Switzerland (designed)
Ulm (possibly, made)

Date

ca. 1600 (made)

Artist/maker

Murer, Christoph Christopher Stoffel Maurer Kristoffel Maurer Meurer (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Stained glass

Dimensions

Height: 13 in, Width: 8.5 in

Descriptive line

Panel of clear and coloured glass painted with enamels and silver stain. Depicting an event from the Book of Tobit (Tobit instructed to cut the fish). Swiss, painted by Lorenz Lingg, early 17th century

Production Note

Designed by Murer but probably executed in South Germany, perhaps Ulm.

Subjects depicted

Coat of arms; Column; Fish; Religions; Cannons (artillery); River; Flute; Cherub; Dog

Categories

Stained Glass; Religion

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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