This painting by Jacopo Bassano and his son, Francesco, depicts a biblical subject as a scene from daily life. As Jesus and His disciples enter the home of Lazarus, they are welcomed by Lazarus's sisters, Mary and Martha. Mary kneels on the step, Martha shows the guests in, and Lazarus assists in the preparation of food at the table. Jacopo was trained in Venice but worked in his native town of Bassano, where he ran a workshop with his sons Francesco, Gerolamo, and Leandro. Jacopo and Francesco collaborated closely in the mid-1570s, especially on medium-sized compositions for private collections, such as this work, signed by both artists on the base of the column at left. Several copies and other versions of this work attest to the popularity of the subject.
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Jacopo Bassano, Francesco BassanoJacopo Bassano, Italian (Venetian), c. 1510–1592Francesco Bassano, Italian (Venetian), 1549–1592
Christ in the House of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus
- c. 1577
- Oil on canvas
- Image: 38 3/4 × 49 3/4 in. (98.4 × 126.4 cm)
- Credit Line
Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation, Houston
- Current Location
The Audrey Jones Beck Building
216 BLAFFER GALLERIES
- Accession Number
Vincenzo I Gonzaga (1587–1612), Mantua; possibly Contarini Collection, Venice; private collection, England; [Julius Weitzner, New York, until 1959]; Bob Jones University Gallery, Greenville, South Carolina, until 1974; [M. Knoedler & Co., New York]; purchased by the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation, 1979.