With precision, he is able to bring out the shocked admiration of those present, their amazement, annoyance and panic with which they observed the miracle. The artist is able to bring out dramatic scenes by placing Jesus and Lazarus at the opposite ends of the painting, with Jesus radiating divine power while Lazarus appears in a grey doll from the world of the dead. The artist also captures movements and faces made by a boy and an old man standing between Jesus and Lazarus. Each of the attributes captured ensure that it is clear that not only are the two opposite each other physically but also in terms of their feelings.
The young boy is dressed in pale green clothes and gazes directly into the face of Lazarus, with a face conveying great amazement while his hand is stretched to Jesus as if locating the direction in which a life-giving force came from. On the other hand, the old man dressed in a yellow cloak and standing next to Lazarus, is portrayed abruptly in profile, staring at Jesus with an utmost inquisitive look. However, his hands are untying the burial veil of Lazarus.
On the right side of this painting are two men who are standing behind the risen, covering their faces as if keeping off the stench of the body that began to decay. Before them, are two young men laying the ground stone slab that covered the entrance to the cave-tomb. In the forefront, Mary and Martha are kneeling while stretched out to Jesus. Their figures represent the prehistory of the miracle and the composition scheme and the closure link that is made between Jesus and their brother-Lazarus. Moreover, their kneeling act embodies and communicates their acceptance of Jesus as the saviour and son of God.
Through their eyes and stance, Mary and Martha express a wide array of emotions. On their faces, for instance, there is an indication of intense grief as well as concern. These are dotted with the glow of amazing gratitude; like that of a mother who believed her child was in danger only to realize that the child is secure and protected. Behind Jesus stands the apostles, with the foreground featuring the figures of Peter and John shocked at the sight of the resurrected Lazarus.
All the characters in this painting are portrayed as heroes in the raising of Lazarus. In fact, the coming together brings out an emotional richness unknown before in the visual arts. It also portrays vivid tension enhanced by colours and forms. Through this painting, the artist was able to express the reaction of people when supreme beings reveal their powers to them.