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This painting shows Christ's parable of the great supper (Luke, chapter 14), in which the lame and the blind are invited to a rich man's supper in place of others who had declined his invitation. The parable illustrates the lesson that "whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted". Joost Cornelis Droochsloot, with his son Cornelis, produced small paintings of peasant life on an almost industrial scale in Utrecht in the first half of the seventeenth century, for domestic interiors.
oil on canvas
H 110.5 x W 193.5 cm
purchased by Henry S. Wellcome, c.1900–1936