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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Artist
Jacopo Bassano, Francesco Bassano
Jacopo Bassano, Italian (Venetian), c. 1510–1592
Francesco Bassano, Italian (Venetian), 1549–1592
Title
Christ in the House of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus
Date
c. 1577
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
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
BF.1979.13
Classification
Painting
Provenance

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.