John Reilly - The raising of Lazarus

John Reilly (1928-2010)

Ripolin enamel

81 x 102 cm

1958

Methodist Modern Art Collection
No. REI/1962/4

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 John 11: 41–44

Set in a typical English churchyard (the church with its tower on the left, a backdrop of trees and an array of gravestones), the raising of Lazarus is conveyed with a centrifugal vortex as Lazarus (on the left) is resurrected by Jesus (on the right). Martha and Thomas are both shown twice at the head of the grave, and the blood-red setting sun provides a powerful focus around which the scene revolves. The imagery draws on photographs taken with fish-eye wide-angle lenses and high-speed photography which shows a series of positions of a single subject.

Commentary based on A Guide to the Methodist Art Collection.