The Raising of Lazarus

Andrea Vaccaro (Italian, 1604-1670)

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This scene represents the miracle that marked the culmination of Christ's ministry on earth. He raises his hand and commands Lazarus to rise from his tomb: "Lazarus, come forth." The dead man, still wrapped in his shroud, clasps his hands together in a gesture that registers his recognition of Christ's divinity. The miracle foreshadows Christ's own resurrection.

Vaccaro's works are distinguished by their classical restraint and gravity of expression. They also show the dramatic effect of strong contrasts of light and dark utilized by the influential Italian painter Caravaggio.

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Object Information

artist
Andrea Vaccaro (Italian, 1604-1670)
creation date
about 1640
materials
oil on canvas
dimensions
20-1/2 x 26-5/8 in.
34 x 27 in. (framed)
accession number
57.209
credit line
Delavan Smith Fund
copyright
Public Domain
collection
European Painting and Sculpture Before 1800
colors

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