Joseph sold into slavery.
 Overbeck, Johann Friedrich, 1789-1869

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Title:Joseph sold into slavery
Notes:The story of Joseph has been at the heart of the Christian understanding of Christ's own story of betrayal, rejection, and eventual ascent to the Godhead. Overbeck's painting animatedly explores the betrayal in Joseph's story. On the left of the canvas is a portrayal of the slaughtering of the ram, whose blood pours out, staining Joseph's robe -- just as Christ's blood was spilled. The sale of Joseph into slavery involves the transfer of coin, as did Judas's own betrayal of Christ for 30 pieces of silver.

From The Yorck Project.
Artist:Overbeck, Johann Friedrich, 1789-1869
Building:Alte Nationalgalerie

Scripture:Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28
Person as Subject:Joseph, the son of Jacob (Biblical figure)
Lectionary links:AProp14
General Subject:Slavery
Library of Congress Subject:Christian art and symbolism
ICONCLASS Number:71B341

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Attribution:Overbeck, Johann Friedrich, 1789-1869. Joseph sold into slavery, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved June 24, 2024]. Original source:
Record Number:47452 Last Updated: 2021-09-24 09:02:29 Record Created: 2006-10-10 00:00:00
Institution:Vanderbilt University Collection: Art in the Christian Tradition