The Lord's Prayer (Le "Pater Noster")
Gathered around Jesus, the disciples ask him to teach them to pray. With arms opened wide and hands upraised in a gesture of humility, Jesus begins his prayer with an acknowledgment of God’s power in heaven and on earth. (Tissot places Jesus between the color-streaked sky and the ground on which his disciples sit, further signifying Jesus’ place between the human and the divine.) This invocation became the foundational prayer for his followers.
Opaque watercolor over graphite on gray wove paper
Image: 8 1/2 x 6 7/16 in. (21.6 x 16.4 cm)
Sheet: 8 1/2 x 6 7/16 in. (21.6 x 16.4 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
1900, purchased from the artist by the Brooklyn Museum.
This item is not on view
James Tissot (French, 1836-1902). The Lord's Prayer (Le "Pater Noster"), 1886-1896. Opaque watercolor over graphite on gray wove paper, Image: 8 1/2 x 6 7/16 in. (21.6 x 16.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased by public subscription, 00.159.167 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 00.159.167_PS1.jpg)
overall, 00.159.167_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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