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Art in Context Lecture at the Kimbell Art Museum

An Elevated Subject: Duccio’s Raising of Lazarus in its Visual Tradition

Mark Rosen, assistant professor of aesthetic studies at the University of Texas at Dallas, will present “An Elevated Subject: Duccio’s Raising of Lazarus in its Visual Tradition” as part of the Kimbell Art Museum’s “Art in Context” series, on Wednesday, May 5, at 12:30 p.m. in the Museum auditorium.

In this free lecture, Rosen will talk about The Raising of Lazarus, a painting by the Sienese master Duccio in the Kimbell’s collection, and explore this subject throughout Christian art. As a tale of restoring a dead body to life (told in John 11:1–44), the theme prefigures Christ’s own resurrection, yet the story is frequently narrated in a significantly different manner: filled with witnesses, anecdotes, and details appealing to viewers’ senses. This lecture will discuss the earliest known depictions of the narrative, those that are contemporary with Duccio’s, and later versions of the subject.

Rosen has received numerous fellowships, most recently from the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has also contributed to a variety of publications, including the Kimbell’s recent exhibition catalogue From the Private Collections of Texas: European Art, Ancient to Modern.

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