This painting is a copy based on a work datable to 'circa' 1663 by the Amsterdam artist, Gerbrand van den Eeckhout, today in the Gemäldegalerie in Berlin (inv. no. 804).1 Eeckhout was a pupil of Rembrandt, and painted in the style of his master particularly when depicting Biblical subjects such as this. His original painting was engraved in 1767 in the opposite sense by George Friedrich Schmidt, and it would appear that the present copy was based on this since it is also executed in reverse of Eeckhout's painting.2
The story of Jairus' daughter conflates the accounts of Jesus' miracles in the gospels of Mark (5:21-43), Matthew (9:18-26) and Luke (8:40-56). Jairus, a leader of a synagogue in Galilee, appeals to Jesus to heal his 12-year-old daughter. When Jesus is told on his way there that the girl has died, he responds: 'Be not afraid, only believe', and proceeds to the house, informing those present that she is not dead but merely asleep. Jesus says to Jairus' daughter: 'Little girl, I say unto thee, arise', and she is restored to life.
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