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The Covetous Man
David Teniers the Younger

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 David Teniers the Younger
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 Not on display
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