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Raising of Lazarus

Artist:
Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione (Il Grechetto) (Italian, Genoa 1609–1664 Mantua)
Date:
1645–1650
Medium:
Etching
Dimensions:
sheet: 8 11/16 x 12 3/8 in. (22 x 31.4 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1917
Accession Number:
17.50.17-52
Not on view
This print conveys Castiglione’s distinctive technique, including a rich tenebrism (suggestion of darkness) inspired by the etchings of Rembrandt. The subject is the Biblical miracle in which Jesus revives Lazarus of Bethany, who has been dead and buried for four days. Castiglione’s method skillfully complements his conception of the remarkable event. The torch held by onlookers is outshone by the radiance of Christ at right, but a dim light also appears around Lazarus’s outstretched hands as he returns to life.
Earls of Pembroke
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection".

Bartsch XXI.12. 6, second state of four
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