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The Feast Given by Joseph for His Brothers
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The Feast Given by Joseph for His Brothers

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Description This biblical scene shows the feast given by Joseph in honor of his brothers during their visit to Egypt (Genesis 43). The brothers, who are Isrealites, do not know that Joseph, their "Egyptian" host, is actually their brother. Joseph is pictured on the right, seated by himself, since an Egyptian was not permitted to eat with a Isrealite. This painting is derived from a design by Bronzino for a tapestry dated 1549. Originally intended for the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, the tapestry is currently in the Palazzo Quirinale in Rome. Morandini was called "il Poppi" after his birthplace, a village near Arezzo, south of Florence. He was a pupil of Giorgi Vasari and collaborated with his master in the decoration of the Palazzo Vecchio around 1570.
Date Description Narrative
10/20/1965Treatmentstabilized; loss compensation; examined for technical study; coated
9/01/1992Treatmentcleaned; coated; loss compensation
Provenance Don Marcello Massarenti Collection, Rome [date and mode of acquisition unknown] [1881 catalogue: no. 129; 1897 catalogue: no. 125, as Giorgio Vasari]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1902, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters with the Massarenti Collection, 1902

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1580-1590 (Renaissance)
oil on wood panel
(Painting & Drawing)
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Painted surface H: 23 7/8 x W: 21 5/8 x D: 1 7/16 in. (60.6 x 55 x 3.7 cm); Framed H: 32 3/4 × W: 30 9/16 × D: 3 5/8 in. (83.19 × 77.63 × 9.21 cm)
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