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Three scenes from the life of Joseph

c. 1857

Albumen print? | RCIN 2864420

A photograph of a drawing by Livio Agresti now in the Royal Library, Windsor (RCIN 990342). 

This sheet contains three drawings of scenes from the life of Joseph. The first scene is inscribed 'prima' (upper left) and shows Joseph telling his brothers about his dream. The second, inscribed 'secondo', is at upper right and shows Joseph being sold to the Ishmaelites. The third at lower left, inscribed 'terza', shows Joseph in prison telling the butler and baker of his dream. This scene is based on Lucas van Leyden's engraving of the subject. At lower right is an inscription which contains the date 2 April 1579: 'Adj II de April del 1579 Ebbj dal factor de M Paulo Mactej - V - '.

A copy of this photograph (RCIN 850209) can be found in the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection, portfolio 2 (970561)
  • Creator(s)

    After Livio Agresti (1508-80) (artist)

    Charles Thurston Thompson (1816-68)


  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    P&W : Popham, A.E. & Wilde, J., 1949. The Italian Drawings of the XV and XVI Centuries in the Collection of His Majesty The King at Windsor Castle, London
    no. 055