Joseph and his Brethren

A work made of etching on cream laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of etching on cream laid paper.

Date:

c. 1657

Artist:

Pier Francesco Mola
Italian, 1612-1666

About this artwork

The largest and most ambitious of Pier Francesco Mola’s small oeuvre of five etchings, this composition is related to a fresco of the same biblical subject painted by the artist in the Quirinal Palace in Rome. Joseph is shown pardoning his 11 brothers, who jealously sold him into slavery in his youth. As the distant pyramid suggests, the scene takes place in Egypt, where Joseph became an important advisor to the pharaoh, saving the country from famine. His brothers, who remained in Canaan, were starving until they sought Egypt’s help and were thus reunited with Joseph.

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Artist

Pier Francesco Mola

Title

Joseph and his Brethren

Origin

Italy

Date

1652–1662

Medium

Etching on cream laid paper

Dimensions

353 x 436 mm

Credit Line

The Wallace L. DeWolf and Joseph Brooks Fair Collections

Reference Number

1920.2348

Extended information about this artwork

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