Although previously attributed to Jan van der Straet (Stradanus) (1523-1605), this very fine portrait of Joseph with lily is more likely to be tentatively attributed to Abraham van Diepenbeeck (Den Bosch 1596-1675 Antwerp). Actually, the previous attribution was a very logical one, as our drawing has the same composition and measurements compared to the original self-portrait drawing by Stradanus, engraved by Hendrick Goltzius.
Also the use of dryer media matches better with the style of van Diepenbeeck, who frequently used white and light blue bodycolour, which is also present in our drawing.
Joseph holds a lily branch in his right hand, a symbol of purity. Solitary depictions of Joseph are very scarce as usually the Holy Family or Maria with the infant Christ are depicted together without Jopseph, as he was regarded not the true father of Jesus.
The drawing has been indented for transfer, though we have not traced the corresponding print yet.
 Hendrick Goltzius, after Jan van der Straet, Self-portrait of Stradanus. Engraving, 75 x 56 mm. Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, inv. no. .RP-P-1883-A-7395.