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The Procession in the Streets of Jerusalem (Le cortège dans les rues de Jérusalem)

James Tissot

European Art

Sitting astride a donkey, Jesus enters Jerusalem during the Passover season in triumph, receiving the acclamation of his followers, who call him the prophet of Nazareth and place garments or other textiles in his path, a homage typically reserved for kings. The multitudes also register their respect with bowed heads, outstretched arms, and clapping hands. Several of his followers celebrate his arrival with palm fronds, a symbol of victory in Jewish tradition. These palms subsequently gave the name to the Sunday that begins Holy Week and leads to the Passion.

In the foreground, the figures of two young boys from Tissot’s drawings are repeated several times in a variety of poses and gestures, an almost stop-action, cinematic effect as their claps and shouts lend a sense of dynamism to the scene.
MEDIUM Opaque watercolor over graphite on gray wove paper
  • Place Made: France
  • DATES 1886-1894
    DIMENSIONS Image: 8 7/8 x 6 15/16 in. (22.5 x 17.6 cm) Sheet: 8 7/8 x 6 15/16 in. (22.5 x 17.6 cm) Frame: 20 x 15 x 1 1/2 in. (50.8 x 38.1 x 3.8 cm)  (show scale)
    SIGNATURE Signed top right: "J.J. Tissot"
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 00.159.194
    CREDIT LINE Purchased by public subscription
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    CAPTION James Tissot (French, 1836-1902). The Procession in the Streets of Jerusalem (Le cortège dans les rues de Jérusalem), 1886-1894. Opaque watercolor over graphite on gray wove paper, Image: 8 7/8 x 6 15/16 in. (22.5 x 17.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased by public subscription, 00.159.194
    IMAGE overall, 00.159.194_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007
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