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Book of Hours for Thérouanne Use
Northern France, diocese of Thérouanne, c. 15001525

Lazarus and Dives. The parable of Lazarus and Dives was an appropriate story to illustrate the Office of the Dead because it emphasized one's damnation or salvation after death. In the miniature, the rich man Dives feasts while a leper called Lazarus holds a clapper to warn of his approach. Dives refuses to give Lazarus even the scraps from the table. The second part of the story is depicted in the background. Lazarus and Dives are dead, and while Lazarus is taken to heaven, Dives burns in the flames of hell.

The Library Company of Philadelphia, MS 24, fol. 100v

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