Christiaen van Couwenbergh – Joseph and Potiphars Wive – 1626
Potiphar is a person known only from the Book of Genesis’s account of Joseph. Potiphar is said to be the captain of the palace guard. In the Quran he is referred to by his title, Aziz. Joseph, sold into slavery by his brothers, is taken to Egypt where he is sold to Potiphar as a household slave. Potiphar makes Joseph the head of his household, but Potiphar’s wife, who is not named in the Bible or in Christian tradition, is furious at Joseph for resisting her attempts to seduce him, and falsely accuses him of attempted rape. Potiphar casts Joseph into prison, from where he later comes to the notice of Pharaoh through his ability to interpret the dreams of other prisoners. (Genesis 39-40)
Christiaen van Couwenbergh, (8 July 1604 – 4 July 1667) was a Dutch Golden Age painter.