Georges de La Tour 1593 – 1652

Job Ridiculed by his Wife

oil on canvas (145 × 97 cm) — ca. 1650 Museum Musée Départemental d'Art, Epinal

This work is linked to Job 2:9

God and the devil join in testing the pious Job. Despite loss and suffering, Job upholds his faith. His cynical wife tries to make him end his foolishness: "So you still believe in God? Well, curse Him and drop dead."

Georges de la Tour shows Job covered by sores. The potsherd he used to scrape himself lies on the floor. The candle gives just enough light for us to see the expressions on the faces.

The museum presents a gigapixel version of the painting, allowing for almost infinite zooming.

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