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    Sale 7534

    Old Master Prints

    4 December 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 219

    Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn

    The Raising of Lazarus: Small Plate (B., Holl. 72; H. 198)

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    Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn
    The Raising of Lazarus: Small Plate (B., Holl. 72; H. 198)
    etching, 1642, first state (of two), a very good, early impression with burr above Christ's thumb, the fine lines to Lazarus's forehead and the lines behind his head still visible, on fine laid paper with part of an indistinguishable watermark, with margins, with an ink letter 'a' in the upper margin and a further ink inscription in the lower margin, in very good condition, framed
    P. 149 x 114 mm., S. 156 x 120 mm.

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    The miracle of Lasarus is recounted in the Gospel of John (II:1) which tells how Mary Magdalene's brother, Lasarus, fell ill and died. Jesus arrived in the village of Bethany four days later, telling Mary to take heart, saying "I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die." (John 11:25-26) In the presence of a crowd of Jewish mourners, Jesus had the stone rolled away from the tomb and bade Lazarus to come out, and so he did, still wrapped in his grave-cloths.
    This second version of the subject (the larger version having been executed ten years previously) displays a more authentic spirituality than the earlier plate. Compared to the looming drama of the larger etching, the present composition is more human in scale, with Jesus integrated into the crowd who share with him this intimate mystical event.

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    Print Room of The National Gallery (Narodni Galerie), Prague, with their stamp verso (not in Lugt - possibly an older version of those listed under L. 1835-37)