During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, illustrations of biblical stories served as didactic examples of moral behavior. The life of Joseph might represent love of the family while individual episodes could be interpreted differently. The rejection of Potiphar’s wife (on the back), for instance, may signify chastity, an important female virtue.
Inscription: Inscribed on print of landscape: Nicol
D. M. Wren , Northam, Bideford, England ; Percival D. Griffiths (until 1939; sold by his estate to MMA)
Artist: Possibly after a design by Charles Le Brun (French, Paris 1619–1690 Paris)Date: ca. 1683Medium: Canvas; silk, wool, and metal-thread embroidery in tent stitch (316 stitches per sq. inch, 49 per sq. cm.)Accession: 46.43.1On view in:Gallery 531