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

This is one of the panels that decorated the Borgherini bedroom in Florence. They tell the life of Joseph from the Bible. The decorations also included Pontormo's 'Joseph sold to Potiphar', 'Joseph's Brothers beg for Help' and 'Joseph with Jacob in Egypt', as well as Bacchiacca's 'Joseph receives his Brothers' and 'Joseph Pardons his Brothers'.

Joseph when in prison had interpreted the dreams of the Pharaoh's butler and baker. Here the baker is taken from prison (top right) and led to execution (right), while the butler is shown descending the staircase and serving the Pharaoh (bottom left).

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1494 - 1556/7
Full title
Pharaoh with his Butler and Baker
Group
Date made
about 1515
Medium and support
Oil on wood
Dimensions
61 x 51.7 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought with the aid of The Art Fund (Eugene Cremetti Fund), 1979
Inventory number
NG6452
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
Bacchiacca
probably 1515
Bacchiacca: 'Joseph pardons his Brothers'
Painting
Pontormo
about 1515
Pontormo: 'Joseph sold to Potiphar'