January 26, 2021

Holy Week with Duccio: Resurrection of Lazarus

Duccio LazarusSource: Web Gallery of Art

The Gospel reading for Monday in Holy Week is John 12:1-11. This tells the story of Mary, Lazarus’s sister, anointing Jesus’ feet at a dinner in their home in honor of Lazarus, whom Jesus raised from the dead. That act of bringing Lazarus back to life is emphasized throughout the text and was of such import that the officials decided they should not only kill Jesus, but Lazarus as well. Duccio’s panel portrays the event itself, which is recorded in the previous chapter, John 11.

Note the vivid colors, the intensity upon the faces of the characters, the depictions of Mary kneeling at Jesus’ feet and Martha making her request, Lazarus himself tightly bound in the grave-cloths, and the lifelike, almost humorous portrayal of the man holding his nose for fear of the stench of death.


  1. connie odonnell says

    Beautiful sparing painting. Observing it for a bit makes one truly think about this Holy Week.

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