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Raising of Lazarus

  • Object:


  • Date:

    ca. 1507 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Leyden, Lucas van (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Engraving in ink on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case 93, shelf E, box 111

Like his contemporary, Albrecht Dürer, Lucas van Leyden was internationally recognised within his lifetime and beyond. Giorgio Vasari, writing in 1568, praised Leyden's fine engraving style and his use of perspective. Fine quality early impressions of his prints are rare. Copper printing plates are capable of producing only one or two hundred fine impressions before the plate starts to wear down, especially with a fine line engraving style as Leyden's. Such was Leyden's reputation and his prints so sought by collectors that his original printing plates were kept and impressions taken from them long after his death, resulting in a larger number of surviving poor and worn impressions than fine ones. Numerous copies were also made from his originals, which satisfied demand when originals were not available or affordable and for collectors of images interested more in subject matter.

Physical description

Jesus Christ and Lazarus are centre of the image, surrounded by a group of men and women, some of whom are expensively dressed with Renaissance headdresses and costumes. Two men are climbing trees to get a better look while one watches, and two other men stand at some distance behind the main group. Lazarus emerges from a tomb set into the outcrop and has his hands tied before him. A man in long tunic and belt holds the ties. The scene is set in a landscape setting with rocks and trees on an outcrop, with castles and hills in the lower background to the right; on this side, a man and woman are climbing the hill up to the outcrop.


ca. 1507 (made)


Leyden, Lucas van (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Engraving in ink on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Artist initial inscribed on plate in square placque on floor, bottom centre

Descriptive line

Engraving, Raising of Lazarus, Lucas Hugensz van Leyden (called Lucas Jacobsz).

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Bartsch, Adam von. Le Peintre Graveur. 1854-1876, no. 42.
Cornelis, Bart and Jan Piet Filedt Kok. 'The taste for Lucas van Leyden prints', in Simiolus - Netherlands Quarterly for the History of Art. 26: 1/2 (1998).
Jacobowitz, Ellen S. and Stephanie Loeb Stepanek. The Prints of Lucas van Leyden & his Contemporaries. Washington: National Gallery of Art, 1983, pp. 55-57.
Hollstein, F. W. H. Dutch and Flemish etchings, engravings and woodcuts, ca. 1450-1700. Amsterdam : M. Hertzberger, 1949-, no. 74.
Bartsch, Adam von, 1757-1821. The Illustrated Bartsch. New York : Abaris Books, 1978-, no. 42.

Production Note

dating of original from New Hollstein


Ink; Paper



Subjects depicted

Costume; Tunics; Hats; Staffs (walking sticks); Castles; Landscapes (representations); Crowd scenes; Headdress; City gates; Trees


Christianity; Prints; Images Online; Illustration


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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