Bay 23 - Key

The Parable of Dives and Lazarus
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Index to panels:
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1) Signature panel (masons mixing mortar)
2) Signature panel (preparing stone)
3) Signature panel (hod-carriers)

4) The rich man overseeing his granaries

5) Building the rich man's new palace

6) Christ warning the rich man

7) The rich man's wife at her toilet

8) The rich man preparing to dine

9) Servants preparing the feast

10) Servants carrying food (left panel of 3)
11) The rich man's feast (centre panel of 3)
12) Lazarus begs at the door (right panel of 3)

13) The rich man on his sick-bed

14) The rich man dies

15) Lazarus dies

16) The rich man cries out to Abraham

17) The rich man is pitched into the flames

18) Lazarus' soul is taken to heaven

19) Censing angel
20)
Lazarus' soul in Abraham's bosom
21) Censing angel

Overview:  
 

See Luke 16:19-31 for the Parable of the rich man and the beggar. Although Christ mentions the latter by name (Lazarus), he does not give a name for the rich man; the conventional name "Dives" is simply medieval Latin for wealth/riches.

The rather sketchy story told in the parable has been fleshed out with details from Christ's similitude in Luke 12:16-21. In particular this explains the events in panels 4-6, as well as adding a certain piquancy to the detail of a servant stealing his ex-master's posessions in panel 14 (see notes to panel 6 for details of the similitude).

 
Other details:  
 

Grodecki Bay #:
Clement & Guitard p. 1-3
Cahier & Martin vol.? p. ?