Joseph und Frau Potiphar (Joseph and Potiphar's wife) by Hans Meid

Joseph und Frau Potiphar (Joseph and Potiphars wife) by Hans Meid

Joseph und Frau Potiphar (Joseph and Potiphar's wife)

Hans Meid

Title

Joseph und Frau Potiphar (Joseph and Potiphar's wife)

 
Artist

Hans Meid

  1883 - 1957 (biography)
Year
1911  
Technique
drypoint 
Image Size
7 x 9 1/2" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
14/75 (there is also a special edition of 25 on Japanese paper) 
Annotations
pencil dated underneath signature, editioned in lower left 
Reference
Perl 436; WVZ Jentsch 54 
Paper
thick, cream wove 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
22493 
Price
$600.00 
Description

This subject is based on an etching by Rembrandt of 1634 (Bartsch 39). Meid's image is reversed from that of Rembrandt. The compositions differ in numerous elements but there is little doubt as to the source.

According to the Book of Genesis 39:1–20, Joseph was bought as a slave by the Egyptian Potiphar, an officer of the Pharaoh. Potiphar's Wife tried to seduce Joseph, who eluded her advances. As Joseph repelled her attempt to lure him into her bed, she grabbed him by his coat: "And it came to pass about this time, that Joseph went into the house to do his business; and there was none of the men of the house there within. And she caught him by his garment, saying, Lie with me: and he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out"(Genesis 39: 11–12). Citing his garment as evidence, Potiphar's wife falsely accused Joseph of having assaulted her, and he was sent to prison.