Episode 281 – Caravaggio’s “The Raising of Lazarus”
June 6, 2024

After spending some time in Siracusa, Sicily, Caravaggio – still on the run from the Knights of Malta – headed north to the town of Messina. There he painted another of his hauntingly beautiful late works, which, in this case, depicts Christ bringing Lazarus back from the dead. The disturbingly realistic figure of the dead Lazarus led to the popular belief that Caravaggio had exhumated a corpse to serve as his model.

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