The Recognition of Joseph by His Brothers.
 Cornelius, Peter von, 1783-1867

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Title:The Recognition of Joseph by His Brothers

Joseph said to his brothers, "I am Joseph. Is my father still alive?" But his brothers could not answer him, so dismayed were they at his presence. Then Joseph said to his brothers, "Come closer to me." And they came closer. He said, "I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt...I will provide for you there--since there are five more years of famine to come--so that you and your household, and all that you have, will not come to poverty.' And he kissed all his brothers and wept upon them; and after that his brothers talked with him.

The painter, Peter von Cornelius, was a part of the so-called "Nazarene" movement, "a movement within Romantic Art that shaped public monumental and religious painting in Germany for a half-century after 1810. Its key proponents included Peter Cornelius, Ferdinand Olivier, Johann Friedrich Overbeck, Franz Pforr, Wilhelm Schadow, Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld, and Philipp Veit. The Nazarenes stressed the primacy of the "idea" in art, considered religious and national historical subjects as preferable to the classical subject championed by the rationalist academies, felt truth to be linked to the "characteristic" in nature and art, and leaned toward medieval and early Renaissance models of art in the wake of the Napoleonic debacle...Piety marked all the artists, although only a few devoted themselves exclusively, or even preponderantly, to religious subjects...The artists invested their monumental figurative compositions with a spiritually energized atemporality, which eventually lost its appeal to a public attracted by the quotidian leanings of the Biedermeier and realist eras." (Murray, 795)

Artist:Cornelius, Peter von, 1783-1867
Building:Deutsche Akademie Villa Massimo

Scripture:Genesis 45:3-11, 15
Person as Subject:Joseph, the son of Jacob
Lectionary links:AProp15

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Record Number:54199 Last Updated: 2020-05-10 15:08:57 Record Created: 2009-02-05 09:42:53
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