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Woman, Behold Thy Son (Stabat Mater)

James Tissot

European Art

As time passed at Golgotha, the sky grew darker, frightening away many of the observers but permitting those in Jesus’ immediate circle, who had initially kept themselves at a safe distance, to approach, and even to touch his feet. Mary Magdalene hugs the cross. Jesus—facing away and hidden by the beams of the cross—acknowledges the sufferings of his mother, and seeing John standing nearby, he urges her to look to the apostle for comfort, saying, “Woman, behold thy son!” He also urges John to care for the Virgin as part of his own family, saying to him, “Behold, thy mother!”
MEDIUM Opaque watercolor over graphite on gray wove paper
  • Place Made: France
  • DATES 1886-1894
    DIMENSIONS Image: 11 11/16 x 6 in. (29.7 x 15.2 cm) Sheet: 11 11/16 x 6 in. (29.7 x 15.2 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 00.159.300
    CREDIT LINE Purchased by public subscription
    RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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    CAPTION James Tissot (French, 1836-1902). Woman, Behold Thy Son (Stabat Mater), 1886-1894. Opaque watercolor over graphite on gray wove paper, Image: 11 11/16 x 6 in. (29.7 x 15.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased by public subscription, 00.159.300 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 00.159.300_PS2.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 00.159.300_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2008
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