Scenes from the Life of Joseph

Unknownabout 1250–1260

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

The scenes on this page continue the story of Joseph and his brothers in Egypt begun on the facing page. The patriarch Joseph, who was sold by his brothers into slavery, has risen to a position of power in Egypt. At first unrecognized by his brothers, Joseph sends them to get their elderly father Jacob, who then makes the journey to Egypt. The reunion between Jacob and his son Joseph pictured in the roundel at the lower right completes the story. Divided into circular sections with burnished gold backgrounds, the miniature is reminiscent of the stained-glass windows of the 1200s, both in its composition and in its sparkle and brilliance.


  • Title: Scenes from the Life of Joseph
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: about 1250–1260
  • Location Created: Paris, France
  • Physical Dimensions: Leaf: 19.2 × 13.3 cm (7 9/16 × 5 1/4 in.)
  • Type: Folio
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Tempera colors, gold leaf, and ink on parchment
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 83.MK.95.20
  • Culture: French
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Ms. Ludwig VIII 4, fol. 20
  • Creator Display Name: Unknown
  • Classification: Manuscripts (Documents)

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