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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.

Date:

1541

Artist:

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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Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Nicolas Beatrizet

Title

Joseph Explaining his Dreams

Origin

France

Date

Made 1541

Medium

Engraving on paper

Dimensions

234 × 375 mm

Credit Line

The Wallace L. DeWolf and Joseph Brooks Fair Collections

Reference Number

1920.1988

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