Arent de Gelder 1645 – 1727

Joseph and Judah with the Cup

oil on canvas (115 × 150 cm) — c. 1682 Museum Palatinate Museum, Heidelberg

Arent de Gelder biography

This work is linked to Genesis 44:18

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Joseph's brother Judah falls to his knees and asks Joseph to spare his father from losing another son. Joseph is clearly moved by the request.

Joseph had become a rich grain trader in Egypt. His brothers sold him when he was still young. They do not recognize him when they come to buy grain.

De Gelder also used this subject in his Judah and Joseph, now in a private collection.

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