Jesus, Mary Magdalene, and Martha at Bethany (Jésus à Bethanie, Marie, Madeleine et Marthe)
Invited to Bethany, where the siblings Lazarus and Martha reside, Jesus finds respite from his ministry and peace to converse with friends. Intent on listening to Jesus, the Magdalene takes a place at his feet—much to the frustration of Martha, who expects her help with the guests, Tissot relates. The Magdalene’s devoted discipleship proves unflagging throughout the narrative from the ministry to the Passion and the Resurrection; and, accordingly, her posture here at the feet of Christ finds echoes in later episodes.
Opaque watercolor over graphite on gray wove paper
Image: 7 15/16 x 11 3/16 in. (20.2 x 28.4 cm)
Sheet: 7 15/16 x 11 3/16 in. (20.2 x 28.4 cm)
Frame: 15 x 20 x 1 1/2 in. (38.1 x 50.8 x 3.8 cm) (show scale)
Signed bottom left on tree trunk: "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). Jesus, Mary Magdalene, and Martha at Bethany (Jésus à Bethanie, Marie, Madeleine et Marthe), 1886-1894. Opaque watercolor over graphite on gray wove paper, Image: 7 15/16 x 11 3/16 in. (20.2 x 28.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased by public subscription, 00.159.162 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 00.159.162_PS2.jpg)
overall, 00.159.162_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007
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