Joseph sold to Potiphar & Pharaoh with his Butler and Baker & Joseph's brothers beg for help by Jacopo Pontormo

The 3 paintings formed part of the decor of a suite of bedroom furniture commissioned by the Florentine banker Salvi Borgherini, in honour of the marriage of his son.


Details

Medium:
Oil on panel
Dimensions:
1) 59 x 50.6 cm; 2) 59.7 x 51 cm; 3) 36.3 x 142.5
Art Fund grant:
£21,000 ( Total: £640,000; Tax remission)
Acquired in:
1979
Vendor:
Christie's

The first depicts Joseph being brought to Egypt and sold by the Midianites to Potiphar, captain of Pharaoh's guard. The second, different fates of Pharoah's butler and baker whose dreams Joseph had interpreted in prison. These formed part of the panelling behind the bed. The third panel was probably the front of one of the cassoni which stood on either side of the bed and shows Joseph, now risen to a high position in Egypt, receiving his brothers who have come to buy corn in times of the 7 years of famine.

Provenance

Salvi Borgherini; 3rd Earl Cowper in the late 18th century; by descent. Very full analysis in report.Prov: painted for Salvi Borgherini; acquired in Florence, late 18th by 3rd Earl Cowper; by descent.Orig price, £1,350,000 - after tax remission etc

Venue details

National Gallery Trafalgar Square, LONDON London WC2N 5DN 020 7747 2885 www.nationalgallery.org.uk

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