"Tiepolo is chiefly known for his numerous decorative fresco paintings, the majority of which were executed in Northern Italy. This was once attributed to his son Domenico. The more distant of the two trumpeters is almost certainly a self-portrait.
The subject is an extremely uncommon one for paintings of any period, and is taken from Genesis XLI: 'And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, ""See I have set thee over all the land of Egypt."" And Pharaoh took off his ring from his hand ...'
Pharaoh's turban and crown, and the work's horizontal composition, suggest that the artist may have known, perhaps through engravings, Dutch seventeenth century treatments of similar Biblical subjects in the circle of Rembrandt."