6th April 5th Sunday of Lent
'The Raising of Lazarus' by Duccio, 13th C.
tempera on panel
Duccio's painting is still partially in the Byzantine style
- almost Icon-like, but when you look closely at the figures
you get the sense that there are real people emerging and
reacting to the loss of a great friend and neighbour.
Even the smell of death some days old now is displayed
in the man in an ochre cloak covering his nose.
'I am the Resurrection and the life.
If anyone believes in me, even though he dies he
will live, and whoever lives and believes in me
will never die. Do you believe this?'