The Hours of Henry IV of France

The Hours of Henry IV of France Feast of Dives, f. 55v


Feast of Dives, f. 55v

The banqueting scene depicted in the office of the dead shows a rich man, Dives, sitting with a woman at a trestle table covered by a tablecloth, in keeping with the French furniture of that period, and plenty of food. They talk in the vaulted interior of a building with classical decoration overlooking the street, paying no attention to Lazarus dressed like a peasant with a leper’s clapper in his left hand, touching his cheek with his right hand as if in pain; rejected by servants and welcomed by two dogs.

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