Born in Antwerp, van Bloemen settled in Rome in 1688 where he was patronised by aristocratic Roman families. Schooled in the Flemish landscape tradition, he was inspired by classicism, the beauty of Rome and it’s surrounding countryside.
In Landscape with Tobias and the angel, the angel Raphael, disguised as a mortal accompanies Tobias on his journey from Assyria. The journey is a dramatic parable in which the angel advises Tobias through his trials. In Italy the subject of the guardian angel was often used to commemorate the travels of a son in whose likeness Tobias would be depicted.