• The raizing of Lazarus
  • Item ID : 286
  • Collection Name : Holy Metropolis of Ydra, Spetses and Egina
  • Year : First half of the 18c AD.
  • Place : Idra
  • Τechnique : Egg tempera on wood
  • Dimension : 52 x 35,5 εκ
  • Current Place : Saint Athanasios church, Gourmadas
  • Description : The representation of the “Raising of Lazarus,” follows the iconographic type which prevailed in Cretan painting and this is obvious by the close affiliation of the style and technical execution of the icon with the Paleologan art.
    Jesus Christ, with a wide stride and his right hand outstretched into a blessing attitude, approaching the grave coming from the left. Behind him a dense huddled group of Apostles that appears to be coming from the cave in a rock behind them.
    On the right side of the icon, Lazarus, is presented upright preparing to emerge from the rock hewn tomb. In front of the Saint two beardless young servants are depicted. The one is holding the two end of the shroud, while he’s turning his head to the Lord, and the depicted bending on the trailing plate.
    On the lower part of the icon and centrally located, Mary and Martha, the sisters of Lazarus, are presented kneeling in front of the Lord. Martha id depicted kneeling in front of Him, while Mary in a “veneration” position is touching Christ’s feet.
    In the middle of the icon and centrally located, in between the two converging rocks, a dense group of Jews coming from Bethany-which is schematically rendered in the background-, are depicted.
    The first one has his mouth covered with a cloth, a sign that symbolizes astonishment by witnessing the miracle, while the old man next to him has his hands raised, expressing his surprise.
    On the upper part of the icon a vaulted top is painted, with floral motifs in each corner.