Because of its dramatic historical narratives, more illuminations accompany the book of Genesis than any other portion of the Historical Bible. This miniature from the Genesis cycle of illuminations features Jacob's most beloved son, Joseph. Thrown into a well by his jealous brothers, Joseph cowers, naked and vulnerable. Later, his brothers will sell him to the Ishmaelites and drop his robe into the blood of a goat to convince their father that a wild beast has killed him. On the left side of the image, two of Joseph's brothers are slaughtering the necessary goat.
The illuminator worked in a courtly style, creating figures that move with ease and grace against the richly patterned ground.