Thursday, June 8, 2017

Potifar's wife shows Joseph's gown to her husband (c. 1512)



Potifar's wife shows Joseph's gown to her husband (c. 1512)
Lucas van Leyden 1494 – 1533
oil on panel (24 × 35 cm) — c. 1512
Genesis 39:17 - And she spake unto him according to these words, saying, The Hebrew servant, which thou hast brought unto us, came in unto me to mock me:
Joseph flees the house when his master Potiphar's wife tries to seduce him. She manages to pull a part of his gown. When Potiphar returns, his wife accuses Joseph of having tried to rape her. She shows the cloth as evidence.

The unnamed wife tries to look scared and innocent. Potiphar tells his men to catch Joseph.

This is one of Lucas van Leyden's first oil paintings. His technique is still very detailed, as if the panel were an etching.
>>>> Joseph (Old Testament)


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