Joseph the Patriarch: The Iconography
The patriarch Joseph usually appears in narrative images illustrating Genesis 37-48. For the earlier episodes in his story he is usually pictured as a beardless youth with blond hair (in a fahsionable "bowl cut" in 15th-century images). A few images from the later episodes, where he is an important official, may give him a beard. His and his brothers' clothes will follow the fashions of the artist's time, but are never extravagant.
Prepared in 2016 by Richard Stracke, Emeritus Professor of English, Augusta University
Biagio d'Antonio, The Story of Joseph, late 15th or early 16th century. See the description page for an explanation of the various scenes.