The Raising of Lazarus

Vincent van Gogh. The Raising of Lazarus, 1890.  Oil on canvas.  Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.

Vincent Van Gogh painted this in 1890 while in residence at Saint-Paul Asylum in Saint-Rémy, France. It is based on a Rembrandt etching that Van Gogh’s brother Theo had sent him. But while Rembrandt’s etchings and paintings of Lazarus focus on Jesus, Van Gogh left Jesus out of the picture and focused on Lazarus and the two sisters. Some think Lazarus' face is a self-portrait, pointing to the red beard resembling Van Gogh’s own. Van Gogh died later that year.


Vincent van Gogh. The Raising of Lazarus, 1890. Oil on canvas. Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.

A person deemed holy by a religious tradition, especially in Roman Catholicism.

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