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Pontormo: 'Pharaoh with his Butler and Baker'
This painting is part of the group: Scenes from the Story of Joseph

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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).

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