The Artwork of Orit Arfa

More Than Just Pretty Pictures


For the first time, Orit is creating a video documentary of the creation of her newest Biblical portrait, Joseph, which will be one of her most dazzling and provocative yet!

Click on the videos below to learn about the genesis of Joseph.


The story of Joseph is probably one of the most popular Biblical stories. This painting recreates the scene of the seduction of Joseph by Potiphar's wife. Joseph's intelligence and diligence earned him the position of head of household of Potiphar, an Egyptian official, and also the affections of Potiphar's wife. In what was one of the most difficult decisions of his life, he refuses her prodding to sleep her.

Genesis 39: 1-15

 Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. Potiphar, an Egyptian who was one of Pharaoh's officials, the captain of the guard, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him there.

God was with Joseph and he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master. When his master saw that God was with him and that the LORD gave him success in everything he did, Joseph found favor in his eyes and became his attendant. Potiphar put him in charge of his household, and he entrusted to his care everything he owned. From the time he put him in charge of his household and of all that he owned, God blessed the household of the Egyptian because of Joseph. God's blessing was on everything Potiphar had, both in the house and in the field. So he left in Joseph's care everything he had; with Joseph in charge, he did not concern himself with anything except the food he ate.

Now Joseph was well-built and handsome, and after a while his master's wife took notice of Joseph and said, "Come to bed with me!"

But he refused. "With me in charge," he told her, "my master does not concern himself with anything in the house; everything he owns he has entrusted to my care. No one is greater in this house than I am. My master has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?" And though she spoke to Joseph day after day, he refused to go to bed with her or even be with her.

One day he went into the house to attend to his duties, and none of the household servants was inside. She caught him by his cloak and said, "Come to bed with me!" But he left his cloak in her hand and ran out of the house.

When she saw that he had left his cloak in her hand and had run out of the house, 14 she called her household servants. "Look," she said to them, "this Hebrew has been brought to us to make sport of us! He came in here to sleep with me, but I screamed. When he heard me scream for help, he left his cloak beside me and ran out of the house."