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Hans Vredeman de Vries (1526-1609)

Christ in the House of Martha and Mary Signed and dated 1566

Oil on panel | 79.4 x 109.2 cm (support, canvas/panel/str external) | RCIN 405475

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In the New Testament (Luke 10), Martha complains that she is working alone in the kitchen, to which Christ replies that Mary has chosen wisely by listening to him. De Vries specialised in architectural paintings. Consequently the religious message appears to be secondary to the magnificent interior and barrel-vaulted colonnade beyond.