My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me? (Eli, Eli lama sabactani)
In the ninth hour of the Passion (three o’clock in the afternoon), Jesus “gives utterance to that cry of anguish, the most heartrending which ever resounded upon this earth,” Tissot writes. In his commentary, Tissot indicates that Christ’s words—the title of this work—are derived from the opening verse of the 22nd Psalm, a text that begins with a lamentation on God’s seeming absence or desertion.
- 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: 11 1/2 x 8 13/16 in. (29.2 x 22.4 cm) Sheet: 11 1/2 x 8 13/16 in. (29.2 x 22.4 cm) Frame: 20 x 15 x 1 1/2 in. (50.8 x 38.1 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: 00.159.302
- Credit Line: Purchased by public subscription
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: James Tissot (French, 1836-1902). My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me? (Eli, Eli lama sabactani), 1886-1894. Opaque watercolor over graphite on gray wove paper, Image: 11 1/2 x 8 13/16 in. (29.2 x 22.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased by public subscription, 00.159.302
- Record Completeness: Best (88%)