TINTORETTO
(b. 1518, Venezia, d. 1594, Venezia)

The Raising of Lazarus

1579-81
Oil on canvas, 541 x 356 cm
Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice

In the lower half enveloped in half-shadow Martha, the sister of Lazarus who is plastically outlined by the thread of light, stretches out her arms and stares motionless and as if unbelieving at Christ who sits down calm and unmoved after pronouncing the life-giving words. She is outlined from behind and her lost profile makes her very beautiful. At the top, among the leafy branches of the trees clearly outlined against the glow of the sky mingled with pink and blue-grey light, Lazarus, who is coming back to life, is freed from the bandages under the careful gaze of the crowd of spectators just made out beyond the small hill.




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