Ordaining of the Twelve Apostles (Election des douze apôtres)
Although Jesus took on several followers early in his ministry, in this painting he is shown formally ordaining twelve men to help spread his teachings. They are Peter, James Major, John, Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the Less, Thaddeus, Peter, and Judas Iscariot.
Following the Gospel account, Tissot situates this event on a mountain, noting later that Jesus frequently withdrew to such elevated spots to be closer to God.
- Portfolio/Series: The Life of Our Lord Jesus Christ (La Vie de Notre-Seigneur Jésus-Christ)
- Artist: James Tissot, French, 1836-1902
- Medium: Opaque watercolor over graphite on gray wove paper
- Place Made: France
- Dates: 1886-1894
- Dimensions: Image: 6 11/16 x 10 9/16 in. (17 x 26.8 cm) Sheet: 6 11/16 x 10 9/16 in. (17 x 26.8 cm) Frame: 15 x 20 x 1 1/2 in. (38.1 x 50.8 x 3.8 cm) (show scale)
- Signature: Signed bottom right: "J.J. Tissot"
- Collections:European Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 00.159.98
- Credit Line: Purchased by public subscription
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: James Tissot (French, 1836-1902). Ordaining of the Twelve Apostles (Election des douze apôtres), 1886-1894. Opaque watercolor over graphite on gray wove paper, Image: 6 11/16 x 10 9/16 in. (17 x 26.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased by public subscription, 00.159.98
- Record Completeness: Best (86%)