These three paintings titled "Unbinding Lazarus" are based on the preceding black and white "Lazarus" series and they portray another allegorical interpretation of the unbinding of Lazarus. Mary and Martha are depicted as two small, elderly nuns praying for their younger brother. Christ watches over the scene, gesturing for silence and peace. A woman, perhaps a personification of healing grace, unbinds Lazarus in a dark pool. This pool is a symbol for the tomb, and is also a reference to the origins of the name Dublin, “Dubh Linn,” or “dark pool.” A large dark lake was once located in this part of Dublin.
(*please see the text accompanying the black and white "Lazarus" paintings in the next posts, for more information on the symbolism and historical information related to these three pieces)