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  • The Story of Joseph, after 1482
    Biagio d'Antonio (Italian, Florentine, active 1472–1516)
    Tempera on panel; 27 x 59 in. (68.6 x 149.9 cm)
    Inscribed: gvseppo, jacob, mercatanti, pultifer, mogle dipultifer, faragon, ios/ed, songo di faragone
    The Friedsam Collection, Bequest of Michael Friedsam, 1931 (32.100.69)

    Along with another panel (J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles), this spalliera was probably once installed in the wainscoting of a bedroom. As the inscriptions clearly identify, it tells the story of Joseph—gvseppo—in Egypt. Beginning with his arrival there, in the background at the left, it includes scenes of his flight from the unwanted advances of Potipher's wife; his imprisonment and the interpretation of Pharaoh's dreams; and finally his reconciliation with his brothers. It may be that the virtues Joseph demonstrated—chastity, constancy, and clemency—were considered of particular value to a young bride and groom.

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  • The Story of Joseph, after 1482
    Biagio d'Antonio (Italian, Florentine, active 1472–1516)
    Tempera on panel; 27 x 59 in. (68.6 x 149.9 cm)
    Inscribed: gvseppo, jacob, mercatanti, pultifer, mogle dipultifer, faragon, ios/ed, songo di faragone
    The Friedsam Collection, Bequest of Michael Friedsam, 1931 (32.100.69)


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