Detail of the Unbinding of Lazarus from The Raising of Lazarus

Meersburg Castle, Meersburg, Germany

The text of John 11 says Lazarus' hands and feet were bound, a detail usually ignored in other images. This time, the artists has St. Peter unbind the hands at Jesus' command; between them, Martha points her eyes at Jesus and her hands at Peter. This composition emphasizes the mediation of saints and the Church between Christ and man and may be compared to the series of saints who intervene in turn for Dante in Inferno II, 43-126.

(St. Peter is identified by his halo and square beard.)

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Photographed at the castle by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.