VERONESE, Paolo
(b. 1528, Verona, d. 1588, Venezia)

Raising of the Daughter of Jairus

c. 1546
Oil on paper mounted on canvas, 42 x 37 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris

This painting is considered a modello for a now lost painting said by Carlo Ridolfi in 1648 to be in the church of San Bernardino in Verona. It shows Jesus visiting the house of the synagogue elder Jairus, whose 12-year-old daughter had just died. When he enters the sick girl's chamber, he asks the minstrels and the wailing women to leave the house. He then takes her hand and brings her back to life, saying: "Maiden, I say unto thee, arise." This miracle, told in the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, is set by Veronese in the forecourt of a Renaissance palace. The viewer's eye is led through the arch to the musicians and wailing women, who were induced to leave the scene of the event.




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