Thursday, January 6, 2011

Raising Lazarus by Carl Bloch

The story of Lazarus is one of my very favorites from the New Testament & one of my very favorite paintings, by Carl Bloch, captures the moment exactly as I imagine it.

It's the moment right before Lazarus emerges from his tomb- he almost looks like a ghost, obscured by shadows & wrapped in his graveclothes.

Then there are the people & their expressions (mourners, believers, doubters), but especially the one you almost miss- the little kid hiding in the bottom right corner, their eyes locked on us, the viewer.

Something about it just floors me.

(Also love this devotional about Lazarus & his graveclothes)


stephanie said...

I love, love, love that talk by Pres. Shumway, in fact I was going to leave you a link to it before I saw you mention it at the bottom of the post. Do you remember when you first heard it? I bet it was from Bishop Whetten or Pres. ?? (who was our beloved stake pres, i forget the name). I've never seen this Carl Bloch but I think it does picture well the scene that Pres. Shumway describes.

Katie said...

Beautiful piece of inspiration this morning.

Jennie said...

Carl Bloch is amazing. I had the same feelings about the little boy in "Christ Healing the Sick at Bethesda"...he makes the whole thing.

Christie said...

Thanks so much for sharing this!

the mama monster said...

i haven't seen this one yet. it is beautiful! thanks for sharing.

Real Life Reslers said...

i've never seen this picture. my hubby and i heard a bluegrass song about Lazarus the other day and I was telling him the story from the Bible. He had never heard it and
I realized I need to tell my husband more stories from the Bible!

Joan said...

Carl Bloch is AMAZING! There is another painting of his with Christ in Gethsemane and an angel is comforting him. It's Gorgeous.

Ps: my word verification is: "frigger"--hilarious.