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Icon of The Raising of Lazarus

Photo credit: Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

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'The Raising of Lazarus', entitled in Greek at the top, is executed in a Byzantine style, possibly at a date before the fall of Constantinople in 1453. The scene is depicted in the traditional composition of Christ standing opposite the figure of Lazarus revealed in his sarcophagus. Three groups of figures bear witness to the miracle. At Christ's feet are the prostrate figures of Mary and Martha. The setting of rocky landscape, distant architecture and delicate plants is characteristic of feast scenes such as this from the thirteenth century on. The painting style may be compared with Palaeologan work such as the icon of the same subject in the Hermitage, St Petersburg where, however, the figures are less elongated and the so-called Cardinal Bessarion's reliquary.

The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology



14th C–15th C


tempera on panel


H 45 x W 31.6 cm

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Bequeathed by Professor Ingram Bywater, 1915

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