Joseph pardons his Brothers
This painting is part of the group: Scenes from the Story of Joseph

This painting is one of a series of panels that decorated the bedchamber of the Borgherini Palazzo in Florence. Together, they tell the life of Joseph from the Bible (Old Testament). Here Joseph pardons his brothers for selling him into slavery.

Left, the brothers are brought to Joseph, with Benjamin the youngest a prisoner. Right, they beg for Joseph's mercy; he reveals himself and forgives them (Genesis 43).

'Joseph receives his Brothers' by the artist and 'Joseph sold to Potiphar', 'Pharaoh with his Butler and Baker', 'Joseph's Brothers beg for Help' and 'Joseph with Jacob in Egypt' by Pontormo, are part of the same series.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1495 - 1557
Full title
Joseph pardons his Brothers
Group
Date made
probably 1515
Medium and support
Oil on wood
Dimensions
36.2 x 141.6 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1886
Inventory number
NG1219
Location in Gallery

Other paintings in the group: Scenes from the Story of Joseph

Painting
Pontormo
probably 1518
Pontormo: 'Joseph with Jacob in Egypt'
Painting
Bacchiacca
probably 1515
Bacchiacca: 'Joseph receives his Brothers'
Painting
Pontormo
about 1515
Pontormo: 'Joseph sold to Potiphar'