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Joseph Thrown into a Pit
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Joseph Thrown into a Pit

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Description Joseph, one of the biblical patriarch Jacob's twelve sons, was thrown into a pit by his brothers, who resented their father's favoritism towards him. Although they sold him into slavery, he rose to become master of Egypt (Genesis 37). Rembrandt's dramatic, shadow--filled interpretation of biblical subjects--reflected in the "Vision of Cornelius the Centurion" by his pupil Eeckhout-was not the only approach popular in Amsterdam. David Colyn, who signed and dated this picture, offers us a daylight scene with details of rural life that is closer to the imagery of contemporary landscape painting.
Provenance Judge and Mrs. Jacob M. Moses, Baltimore; Walters Art Museum, 1966, by gift.
Credit Gift of Judge and Mrs. Jacob M. Moses, 1966

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1644 (Baroque)
oil on panel
(Painting & Drawing)
Accession Number
20 1/8 x 27 15/16 in. (51.1 x 71 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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