Scene from the Old Testament. The woman, the wife of Potiphar, rich lord of Egypt, fell in love, trying to seduce him, the young slave Joseph, purchased by her husband and, for his abilities, put in charge of the administration of the house.
Offended by the refusal of the young, the woman took revenge by accusing him opposite her husband of trying to make them violent, as evidence showing the role of the slave, which Joseph would be released in order to escape from the hands of his master's wife. For this false accusation as a slave Joseph was locked up in Pharaoh's prison.
Width: cm 171
Height: cm 145
Oil painting on canvas
Genesis 39: 1-20:
Joseph was taken to Egypt, and Potiphar, a eunuch of Pharaoh and captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had brought him there. The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man, and he was in the house of his master. His master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord was able to his hand as he undertook. So Joseph found favor in his sight and became his personal servant; Indeed, what made him his steward and gave him all that he had in his hand. Since he had made of his house and in charge of all his possessions, the LORD blessed the Egyptian's house because of Joseph and the Lord's blessing was on all that he had, whether at home or in the countryside. So he left all that he had in Joseph's hand, and was not concerned about anything except the food he ate. Now Joseph was beautiful in form and attractive appearance.
After this, his master's wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and said, "Lie with me." But he refused and said to his master's wife: "Look, my master does not account questions than I in his house and gave me holding all his possessions. There is none more than me in this house; He has forbidden me anything but thee, because thou art his wife. How then could I do this great wickedness, and sin against God? ". And although day after day she spoke to Joseph in that sense, he agreed to lie down together to join her.
One day he went into the house to do his business; and there was none of the servants. She grabbed him by his garment, saying, "Lie with me." But he left his garment in her hands, he fled and went outside. Then she saw that he had left in his hands the robe and fled outside, who called his servants and said to them: "Look, he brought unto us a Jew to have fun with us! He was approached to lie with me, and I cried with a loud voice. He, when he heard that I lifted up my voice and cried, he left his garment with me, and fled and he went out. "
And she poses next to his garment by her until his master came home. Then the same things he said: "That jew servant, that thou hast brought unto us, came in unto me to play with me. But as soon as I screamed and I called, he left his garment with me and fled outside. " The master, hearing the words that his wife repeated, "Just like that made me, your servant!" His anger was kindled. The master took Joseph and put him in prison, where prisoners were king.