The Strike of the Lance (Le coup de lance)
To confirm that Christ was dead, one of the Roman centurions pierced his side with a spear, releasing a flow of blood and water from the body. Calling on the Fathers of the Church, Tissot sees in this incident “the image of many very touching mysteries.” Most notably, he alludes to the sacramental significance of water and blood, respectively, in the Christian rites of Baptism and the Eucharist.
Opaque watercolor over graphite on gray wove paper
Image: 14 3/8 x 8 3/16 in. (36.5 x 20.8 cm)
Sheet: 14 3/8 x 8 3/16 in. (36.5 x 20.8 cm)
Frame: 22 7/8 x 16 7/8 x 1 1/2 in. (58.1 x 42.9 x 3.8 cm) (show scale)
Signed bottom left: "J.J. Tissot"
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James Tissot (French, 1836-1902). The Strike of the Lance (Le coup de lance), 1886-1894. Opaque watercolor over graphite on gray wove paper, Image: 14 3/8 x 8 3/16 in. (36.5 x 20.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased by public subscription, 00.159.315 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 00.159.315_PS2.jpg)
overall, 00.159.315_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007
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