The Ascension (L'Ascension)
As Christ ascends to heaven, several witnesses shade their eyes from the blinding view overhead. According to Tissot, the Ascension completes the “original idea of Creation,” which was “redemption through Christ”; now humanity, too, is permitted to share in divine glory. “The cloud which ‘received Christ from sight’ is like the curtain which falls at the close of a drama,” he comments.
In the foreground of the image, Christ’s two footprints remain pressed into the earth as proof of his presence on earth—and in heaven.
- 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: 9 7/8 x 5 13/16 in. (25.1 x 14.8 cm) Sheet: 9 7/8 x 5 13/16 in. (25.1 x 14.8 cm) Frame: 20 x 15 x 1 1/2 in. (50.8 x 38.1 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: 00.159.348
- Credit Line: Purchased by public subscription
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: James Tissot (French, 1836-1902). The Ascension (L'Ascension), 1886-1894. Opaque watercolor over graphite on gray wove paper, Image: 9 7/8 x 5 13/16 in. (25.1 x 14.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased by public subscription, 00.159.348
- Record Completeness: Best (84%)