The Strike of the Lance (Le coup de lance)
To confirm that Christ was dead, one of the Roman centurions pierced his side with a spear, releasing a flow of blood and water from the body. Calling on the Fathers of the Church, Tissot sees in this incident “the image of many very touching mysteries.” Most notably, he alludes to the sacramental significance of water and blood, respectively, in the Christian rites of Baptism and the Eucharist.
- 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: 14 3/8 x 8 3/16 in. (36.5 x 20.8 cm) Sheet: 14 3/8 x 8 3/16 in. (36.5 x 20.8 cm) Frame: 22 7/8 x 16 7/8 x 1 1/2 in. (58.1 x 42.9 x 3.8 cm) (show scale)
- Signature: Signed bottom left: "J.J. Tissot"
- Collections:European Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 00.159.315
- Credit Line: Purchased by public subscription
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: James Tissot (French, 1836-1902). The Strike of the Lance (Le coup de lance), 1886-1894. Opaque watercolor over graphite on gray wove paper, Image: 14 3/8 x 8 3/16 in. (36.5 x 20.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased by public subscription, 00.159.315
- Record Completeness: Best (84%)