France: Haute Maurienne - paulsmit
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'Meal at Lazarus' house.’

The interior of the Chapelle Saint Antoine in Bessans is covered with frescoes, and a part of the exterior as well. This fresco, following the gospel of Luke, shows Jesus being invited for a meal by Lazarus (who he had resurrected some time before). Lazarus' sister Maria Magdalene, under the table, is at the point of anointing Jesus by pouring the entire contents of a very expensive perfume over his feet. Judas, at right, is offended and tells that the oil could have been sold and the money distributed among the poor. The chapel and its frescoes date from the beginning of the 16th century. Photo Paul Smit.