The subject is a parable told by Jesus: the rich Dives gives a feast, ignoring the poor Lazarus at his gate. Later Lazarus feasts in Paradise while Dives goes to Hell (Luke 16).

This work has been considered to be a sketch for the large picture of the same subject in the Accademia, Venice, but is in fact derived from that work, which enjoyed considerable celebrity.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1487 - 1553
Full title
Dives and Lazarus
Date made
early 16th century
Medium and support
Oil on wood
Dimensions
47 x 84.5 cm
Acquisition credit
Layard Bequest, 1916
Inventory number
NG3106
Location in Gallery