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Bramer, Leonard
Joseph Cast into the Pit Joseph Cast into the Pit
around 1635 around 1635

In this familiar biblical scene depicting Joseph Cast into the Pit (Genesis 37:24), Jacob has sent his youngest and favourite son, Joseph, to check on the welfare of his brothers, who are tending the family flocks some distance from home. Jealous and irritated, they conspire to kill him but are persuaded by one of their number, Reuben, to throw him into a pit instead. Another of the brothers, Judah, then suggests selling him to some Midianite traders who are passing by. The word “pit” was long understood to mean a well, and in this painting several of Joseph’s brothers hold him suspended by ropes over a narrow hole in the ground. The absence of any figures of traders with their goods excludes the possibility that he is being raised up and points rather to the moment when Joseph is put into the pit.

 
Bramer, Leonard
Delft, Netherlands 1596–Delft, Netherlands 1674 Delft, Netherlands 1596–Delft, Netherlands 1674
Joseph Cast into the Pit Joseph Cast into the Pit
around 1635 around 1635
Oil on panel Oil on panel
20.3 x 30.2 cm (picture); 28.6 x 38.1 cm (engaged Louis XIII frame)
Gift of Alfred and Isabel Bader, 2013 Gift of Alfred and Isabel Bader, 2013
56-003.02a

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