The Ascension (L'Ascension)
As Christ ascends to heaven, several witnesses shade their eyes from the blinding view overhead. According to Tissot, the Ascension completes the “original idea of Creation,” which was “redemption through Christ”; now humanity, too, is permitted to share in divine glory. “The cloud which ‘received Christ from sight’ is like the curtain which falls at the close of a drama,” he comments.
In the foreground of the image, Christ’s two footprints remain pressed into the earth as proof of his presence on earth—and in heaven.
Opaque watercolor over graphite on gray wove paper
Image: 9 7/8 x 5 13/16 in. (25.1 x 14.8 cm)
Sheet: 9 7/8 x 5 13/16 in. (25.1 x 14.8 cm)
Frame: 20 x 15 x 1 1/2 in. (50.8 x 38.1 x 3.8 cm) (show scale)
Signed bottom left: "J.J. Tissot"
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James Tissot (French, 1836-1902). The Ascension (L'Ascension), 1886-1894. Opaque watercolor over graphite on gray wove paper, Image: 9 7/8 x 5 13/16 in. (25.1 x 14.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased by public subscription, 00.159.348 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 00.159.348_PS1.jpg)
overall, 00.159.348_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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