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Storytelling in Miniature

After Georg Pencz
German, about 1500–1550

Joseph Being Lowered into the Well, from “The History of Joseph”

Engraving, 1546
4 1/4 in. x 2 15/16
Gift of Carl B. Spitzer, 1938.65

Joseph’s jealous brothers strip him of the special “coat of many colors” given to him by his father and put him in an empty well. They decide to sell the boy to a passing caravan of Ishmaelites, who in turn sell him to the Egyptians. Putting blood on Joseph’s colorful coat, the brothers present it to their father as evidence that Joseph has been killed by a wild animal.