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Joseph Explaining his Dreams

A work made of engraving on paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of engraving on paper.




Nicolas Beatrizet (French, 1515-1565)
after Raffaello Sanzio, called Raphael (Italian, 1483-1520)

About this artwork

Raphael’s fresco from the Vatican Loggia represents an Old Testament narrative from Genesis 37, in which Joseph, the youngest and favorite son of Jacob, ill-advisedly told his 11 brothers about his dreams: in the two hovering circles, 11 sheaves of wheat, representing the other brothers, bow down to Joseph’s sheaf; then even the sun, moon, and stars bow to Joseph. Joseph’s jealous siblings sold him into slavery in Egypt, where he impressed Pharaoh with the same prophetic gifts, saving the realm from a famine. Coming to Egypt to beg for food, Joseph’s impoverished brothers eventually bowed down to him as he had foreseen.


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Nicolas Beatrizet


Joseph Explaining his Dreams


France (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1541


Engraving on paper


23.4 × 37.5 cm (9 1/4 × 14 13/16 in.)

Credit Line

The Wallace L. DeWolf and Joseph Brooks Fair Collections

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