Conspiracy of the Jews (Conspiration des juifs)
As they continue to plot against Jesus, the chief priests warn against acting during the feast of Passover, fearing a possible uprising at a time when Jerusalem’s population swelled dramatically, with many visitors in town to celebrate the holiday.
While a young man keeps watch, the priests speak closely together, stroking their beards and scowling in an almost caricatural fashion, in Tissot’s rendering.
Opaque watercolor over graphite on gray wove paper
Image: 9 7/16 x 7 5/16 in. (24 x 18.6 cm)
Sheet: 9 7/16 x 7 5/16 in. (24 x 18.6 cm)
Frame: 20 x 15 x 1 1/2 in. (50.8 x 38.1 x 3.8 cm) (show scale)
Signed top right: "J.J. Tissot"
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James Tissot (French, 1836-1902). Conspiracy of the Jews (Conspiration des juifs), 1886-1894. Opaque watercolor over graphite on gray wove paper, Image: 9 7/16 x 7 5/16 in. (24 x 18.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased by public subscription, 00.159.215 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 00.159.215_PS2.jpg)
overall, 00.159.215_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2008
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