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.
- Govaert Flinck
- Joseph Interpreting the Prisoners' Dreams
- Pen and brown ink, with brush and brown wash, on ivory laid paper
- Old inscription of several words obscured by later over-writing, verso, upper left, in pen and brown ink
- 173 x 206 mm
- Clarence Buckingham Collection