The Raising of Lazarus
Rembrandt van Rijn (Dutch, 15 July 1606 – 4 October 1669)
Date1632; late 17th-early 18th century impression
MediumEtching and drypoint
DimensionsSheet : 14 1/2 x 10 1/4 in. (36.83 x 26.04 cm)
Credit LineThe Sarah and Grace Collection
LabelRembrandt created this print when he was only twenty-six years old. He had just moved from Leiden to Amsterdam and he used the large, dramatic image to advertise his artistic abilities to potential patrons. The print depicts a story from the Gospel of John in which Jesus resurrects a man named Lazarus who had died four days earlier. The gospel says that after raising Lazarus from the dead, Christ proclaims, “I am the Resurrection and the Life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.” The image captures the climactic moment when Jesus commands Lazarus to come forth from his tomb. The blazing light that emanates from Jesus’s body gives the scene a theatrical quality and emphasizes the miraculous, almost magical power of Christ.