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Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife

Cardi Ludovico called Cigoli
(Cigoli 1559 - Rome 1613)

Signed and dated “Lod. Cigoli F. 1610”, the painting was executed for Antonio Ricci, bishop of Arezzo, in 1611. Ricci gave it to Cardinal Scipione Borghese, probably as a token of his gratitude for having received such an important appointment.
The narrative immediacy of the subject, rendered through the effect of the colours, expressions, and gestures, reveals theatricality and feeling that are already baroque. Taken from the Old Testament, the subject is interpreted from a secular point of view, a bedroom scene in which Potiphar’s wife appears as a perfect courtesan.

Object Details

Medium | oil on canvas, cm 220 x 150

Inventory | 14

Location | Room 8 – Silenus Room

Period | '600

Classification | painting


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