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.
Opaque watercolor over graphite on gray wove paper
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)
Signed bottom right: "J.J. Tissot"
Purchased by public subscription
1900, purchased from the artist by the Brooklyn Museum.
This item is not on view
James Tissot (Nantes, France, 1836–1902, Chenecey-Buillon, France). 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 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 00.159.98_PS2.jpg)
overall, 00.159.98_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2008
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