Joseph Interpreting the Prisoners' Dreams

A work made of pen and brown ink, with brush and brown wash, on ivory laid paper.
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  • A work made of pen and brown ink, with brush and brown wash, on ivory laid paper.

Date:

c. 1638

Artist:

Govaert Flinck
Dutch, 1615-1660

About this artwork

This drawing exemplifies the thin, calligraphic line characteristic of Rembrandt’s early drawings. It depicts that poignant moment in the Old Testament story when Joseph told the baker he would be free in three days time. The baker’s worried and sad face seems to anticipate the bad news Joseph would deliver-that he would be hanged in the same number of days.

On View

Prints and Drawings, Gallery 127B

Artist

Govaert Flinck

Title

Joseph Interpreting the Prisoners' Dreams

Origin

Holland

Date

1637–1639

Medium

Pen and brown ink, with brush and brown wash, on ivory laid paper

Inscriptions

Old inscription of several words obscured by later over-writing, verso, upper left, in pen and brown ink

Dimensions

173 x 206 mm

Credit Line

Clarence Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1967.144

Extended information about this artwork

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