The subject of this painting is taken from the New Testament (John: 11). At the request of the sisters Martha and Mary, Jesus visits the grave of their brother Lazarus and raises him from the dead.

This work was painted for Cardinal Giulio de' Medici in Rome in competition with Raphael's 'Transfiguration', now in the Vatican Gallery. It was subsequently taken to the Cathedral of Narbonne. Some of the main figures are based on drawings which Michelangelo supplied for the guidance of Sebastiano.

The painting was purchased from the Angerstein collection.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
about 1485 - 1547
Full title
The Raising of Lazarus
Date made
about 1517-19
Medium and support
Oil on canvas, transferred from wood
Dimensions
381 x 289.6 cm
Inscription summary
Signed
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1824
Inventory number
NG1
Location in Gallery