My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me? (Eli, Eli lama sabactani)
In the ninth hour of the Passion (three o’clock in the afternoon), Jesus “gives utterance to that cry of anguish, the most heartrending which ever resounded upon this earth,” Tissot writes. In his commentary, Tissot indicates that Christ’s words—the title of this work—are derived from the opening verse of the 22nd Psalm, a text that begins with a lamentation on God’s seeming absence or desertion.
Opaque watercolor over graphite on gray wove paper
Image: 11 1/2 x 8 13/16 in. (29.2 x 22.4 cm)
Sheet: 11 1/2 x 8 13/16 in. (29.2 x 22.4 cm)
Frame: 20 x 15 x 1 1/2 in. (50.8 x 38.1 x 3.8 cm) (show scale)
Signed bottom right: "J.J. Tissot"
Purchased by public subscription
This item is not on view
James Tissot (French, 1836-1902). My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me? (Eli, Eli lama sabactani), 1886-1894. Opaque watercolor over graphite on gray wove paper, Image: 11 1/2 x 8 13/16 in. (29.2 x 22.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased by public subscription, 00.159.302 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 00.159.302_PS2.jpg)
overall, 00.159.302_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007
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