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Joseph and Potiphar's wife: 23.K.5-49

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Joseph and Potiphar's wife


Printmaker: Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn
Printmaker: Unknown (Reworked)




Bedroom scene with a male figure (Joseph) dragging a semi-naked woman (Potiphar's wife) from a bed with drapes and posts and a pattered and fringed bedspread pulled back at the foot. The woman clings onto him trying to pull him towards her, A chamber pot is underneath the bed near the man's left foot.

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1816) by Fitzwilliam, Richard, 7th Viscount


17th Century#
Production date: AD 1634


Posthumous impression, after fine mechanical parallel shading was added with a mezzotint rocker to most shadowy areas, not by Rembrandt.

School or Style


Materials used in production

Black carbon ink

Components of the work

Support composed of Oriental paper ( extremely thin laid paper; Chinese?; chainlines vertical (17/18mm))
Image Height 91 mm Width 114 mm
Sheet Height 92 mm Width 117 mm

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Rembrandt. f.
  • Location: Image lower left
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Signature
  • Text: 1634.
  • Location: Image lower left, following the above
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Date

Inscription present: Lugt 932

  • Location: Verso
  • Method of creation: Black ink
  • Type: Stamp
  • Text: 23.K.5-49
  • Location: Verso
  • Method of creation: Black ink
  • Type: Stamp

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Identification numbers

Accession number: 23.K.5-49
Primary reference Number: 48135
New Hollstein (Dutch/Flemish): 128 II/IV
Hollstein (Dutch/Flemish): B39 II/II
Biörklund/Barnard: BB34-G II/II
Old location number: 38.5.4a
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 23 May 2022 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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