“The Resurrection of Lazarus,” Juan de Flandes – overview of the painting
- Posted by Juan Flandes
- Museum: Prado Museum
- Year: 1514-1519
Overview of the painting :
The Resurrection of Lazarus is Juan de Flandes. 1514-1519. Wood, butter. 110×84
The board is part of the altar of the church of St. Lazarus in Palancy and represents one of Christ’s wonderful deeds – a resurrection from the dead. This evangelical episode is contained in the texts of John the Evangelist. In front of the audience, Christ created the greatest miracle, proving his dual nature as the Son of God and the Son of Man and establishing his authority over death.
The action unfolds against the background of a wind wall with an arched opening, a temple is visible behind it. Flandes actively includes in the artistic context the allegory accepted in the art of the Northern Renaissance. Miracle witnesses are crowded under a dilapidated arch, which indicates the Old Testament. But the miracle happened, and, as John the Theologian narrates, many who saw it believed in Jesus. Thus, according to the word of Jesus, a temple of a new faith was erected, which is already visible and will soon fully appear before people as soon as the wall of the Old Testament collapses, and the New Testament shines over the world. The color of the whole composition has a special color plasticity, the artist masterfully conveys the landscape, details of events, the mental state of the characters – from doubt to complete assurance. The luminosity of the colorful layer fully corresponds to the spiritual unity of people that preaches the new teaching of Christ.