The Covetous Man

An illustration of one of the parables of Jesus about coveting too much wealth.

An already rich man became richer and instead of using any of his goods for religious or charitable works, he built larger warehouses and gloated over his stored-up wealth. But God said to him 'Fool! This night your soul is required of you: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God' (Luke 12).

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1610 - 1690
Full title
The Covetous Man
Date made
about 1648
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
62.5 x 85 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Inscribed
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by Lord Farnborough, 1838
Inventory number
NG155
Location in Gallery