Object Image

The Well-stocked Kitchen, with Jesus in het House of Martha and Mary in the Background

It is not the profusion of vegetables, fruit, meat, poultry and kitchenware displayed here by these housemaids that forms the main theme of this painting. It is Jesus visiting Mary and Martha, shown almost as an aside in the distance. The contrast between foreground and background contains the moral of the painting: do not be seduced by worldly temptation.
1566
Oil on panel
171.0 x 250.0cm
SK-A-1451
Image and text courtesy of Rijksmuseum, 2019

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Rijksmuseum
Rijksmuseum
Permanent collection