Artist: Giovanni di Paolo (Giovanni di Paolo di Grazia) (Italian, Siena 1398–1482 Siena)
Date: ca. 1460
Medium: Tempera and gold on wood
Dimensions: 10 5/8 x 9 1/8 in. (27 x 23.2 cm)
Credit Line: The Jack and Belle Linsky Collection, 1982
Accession Number: 1982.60.4
Giovanni di Paolo’s talents as a miniaturist are seen to advantage in this enchanting painting from the base (predella) of an altarpiece. The artist gives the story a distinctly human touch: the young king congratulates the aged Joseph while the middle-aged king doffs his crown. For other panels from the altarpiece, see metmuseum.org/collections.