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The Raising of Lazarus: Larger Plate (B.73)

The Raising of Lazarus Large Plate

  • Etching, engraving and drypoint on Ingres d’Arches off-white laid paper (watermark) with large margins. Signed (RHL van Ryn f.) in the plate, on the rock behind Christ at the center. The tenth state according to Bjorklund and Nowell-Eusticke. A 20th century impression printed by master printer, Marjorie Van Dyke. From the ‘Millennium’ edition limited to 2500 examples.
  • In this, one of Rembrandt’s most astonishing and powerful works, he captures the dramatic scene as Jesus commands Lazarus to “come forth” from the dead. The figure of Jesus, seen from a three-quarter back view, is against the dark tomb wall. As Lazarus rises from the dead, Mary and Martha lean in over the edge of the tomb, their upraised hands signifying their faith and readiness to embrace their beloved brother. The faces of the onlookers express open-mouthed amazement at Jesus’ miracle. Rembrandt uses powerful contrasts in this work to evoke a heightened drama by distinct use of light and shadow. Lazarus and the faces of the onlookers are bathed in the light of Christ, while the surrounding darkness symbolizes the blackness of death.
  • Rembrandt experimented greatly and labored over this work intensely, creating no fewer than ten states or variations in the evolution of the plate, to reach his finished image. It is a perfect example of the Baroque use of chiaroscuro, the strong contrast of light and shadow, to evoke a theatrical and highly emotional image. It was extremely well received by his contemporary collectors, and remains one of the most sought-after etchings of Rembrandt’s oeuvre, to this day. 

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