Biagio d'Antonio, The Story of Joseph

Circa 1485, probably in Florence
Tempera and gold leaf on panel
The Getty Center

The narrative starts with the scene on the left side of the building, where Jacob embraces Benjamin with his left arm while telling Joseph (in the blue doublet) to go help his brothers in the fields. To the left of the building, we see Joseph walking toward the fields. We see him again in the scene framed by the arch, approaching his brothers, who decide to cast him into the cistern (Genesis 37:12-24).

Meanwhile, the Ishmaelite merchant and his associates descend from the hill in the upper left corner. He is labeled Mercator, "Merchant," rides a white horse, and wears a red cloak and black hat. He hands a bag of money to one of the brothers while others pull Joseph from the cistern (37:25-28).

Now the action returns to the building. On the right side we see the seated Jacob lamenting Joseph's "death" while the brothers present the evidence, the boy's coat covered with the blood of a goat.

Finally, on the right side, we see the merchant leading his people (Joseph included, presumably) onto the gangplank. Travelers and merchants fill out the lower right with goods that have arrived in the port. Details available:

View the other panel of the story.
More of the patriarch Joseph

Photographed at the Getty Center by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.