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The Merchants Chased from the Temple (Les vendeurs chassés du Temple)

James Tissot

European Art

Jesus drives the merchants from the Temple, among them moneychangers as well as those who sell animals for sacrifice and food for worshippers. He scatters their goods—in a dramatic flurry of flapping doves’ wings—as he wields a whip devised from his own belt, Tissot notes in his text. (This last detail comes from the account in John, though Tissot chose not to cite those verses in his Bible.)

The sheer bulk of merchants with their wares and animals had grown so large, Tissot explains, that, for want of room, they had invaded Solomon’s Porch and the Court of the Gentiles, rendering the cisterns impure and the silence required for prayer impossible.
MEDIUM Opaque watercolor over graphite on gray wove paper
  • Place Made: France
  • DATES 1886-1894
    DIMENSIONS Image: 7 5/16 x 11 9/16 in. (18.6 x 29.4 cm) Sheet: 7 5/16 x 11 9/16 in. (18.6 x 29.4 cm) Frame: 15 x 20 x 1 1/2 in. (38.1 x 50.8 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 00.159.198
    CREDIT LINE Purchased by public subscription
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    CAPTION James Tissot (French, 1836-1902). The Merchants Chased from the Temple (Les vendeurs chassés du Temple), 1886-1894. Opaque watercolor over graphite on gray wove paper, Image: 7 5/16 x 11 9/16 in. (18.6 x 29.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased by public subscription, 00.159.198
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