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Lucas van Leyden: Potifar's wife shows Joseph's gown to her husband

Lucas van Leyden 1494 – 1533

Potifar's wife shows Joseph's gown to her husband

oil on panel (24 × 35 cm) — c. 1512 Museum Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam

Lucas van Leyden biography

This work is linked to Genesis 39:17

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Joseph flees the house when his master Potiphar's wife tries to seduce him. She manages to pull a part of his gown. When Potiphar returns, his wife accuses Joseph of having tried to rape her. She shows the cloth as evidence.

The unnamed wife tries to look scared and innocent. Potiphar tells his men to catch Joseph.

This is one of Lucas van Leyden's first oil paintings. His technique is still very detailed, as if the panel were an etching.

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