[Joseph and Potiphar's wife.]Al Senatore Cavaliere Marco Martelli...[dedication by the engraver.]
In Firenze nella R. Galleria. In Roma presso Niccola de Antoni in via del corso N 35.
Engraving, 405 x 425mm. 16 x 16¾". Uncut.
Zuleika tries to stop Joseph leaving her bedchamber; at far left a turban and a pearl necklace on a table. An illustration from the Book of Genesis's account of Joseph. Joseph, sold into slavery by his brothers, is taken to Egypt where he is sold to Potiphar as a household slave. Potiphar makes Joseph the head of his household, but Potiphar's wife Zuleika, furious at Joseph for resisting her attempts to seduce him into sleeping with her, accuses him falsely of attempting to rape her. Potiphar casts Joseph into prison, where he comes to the notice of Pharaoh through his ability to interpret the dreams of other prisoners. The story appears in the Koran also, where the name Zuleika is given. After the painting by Giovanni Biliverti (1585 - 1644) in the Palazzo Pitti, Florence.
[Ref: 14712] £280.00