Dives and Lazarus

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