A series of wonderfully vivid images tells the Biblical parable of Lazarus and the rich man. Splendidly dressed in furs and jewels that indicate his great wealth, the rich man, called Dives, sits at a table crowded with dishes. His double chin and girth are clear signs of his over-indulgent habits. The artist cleverly constructed the miniature to show simultaneously the interior and the exterior of the house. Outside the frame, Lazarus approaches the house to beg for some scraps from the rich man's table. Dives refuses the humble request, while his dogs race to lick the sores on Lazarus's pathetic body. Below, Lazarus has died from hunger and exposure, but two angels greet his soul and enfold it in a white cloth. The facing image finishes the story.


  • Title: The Feast of Dives
  • Creator: Master of James IV of Scotland
  • Date Created: about 1510–1520
  • Location Created: Bruges, Belgium; Ghent, Belgium
  • Physical Dimensions: Leaf: 23.2 × 16.7 cm (9 1/8 × 6 9/16 in.)
  • Type: Folio
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Tempera colors, gold, and ink on parchment
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 83.ML.114.21v
  • Culture: Flemish
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Ms. Ludwig IX 18, fol. 21v
  • Creator Display Name: Master of James IV of Scotland (Flemish, before 1465 - about 1541)
  • Classification: Manuscripts (Documents)

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