Diego Rodríguez da Silva y Velázquez 1599 – 1660

Christ in the House of Martha and Mary

oil on canvas (60 × 103 cm) — ca. 1620 Museum National Gallery, London

Diego Rodríguez da Silva y Velázquez biography

This work is linked to Luke 10:40

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Martha is busy in the kitchen while her sister Mary listens to Jesus' stories. In a moment, Martha will make it clear to Mary that help would be appreciated. Yet, she already seems to know who has made the better choice.

In Aramaic, Martha means something like 'lady of the house'.  St Martha is the patroness of housewives.

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