Book of Hours for Thérouanne Use
Northern France, diocese of Thérouanne, c. 1500–1525
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.
Library Company of Philadelphia, MS 24, fol. 100v
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