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Behold the Man (Ecce Homo)

James Tissot

European Art

Exclaiming “Behold the man!,” Pilate shows the beaten and bloodied Christ to the crowds. The people gathered in the court below urge his execution, with pointed fingers raised in accusatory gestures.

On the loggia before the assembled crowd, Pilate—convinced of Jesus’ innocence and impressed by his dignity, according to Tissot’s account—publicly washes his hands on the loggia before the square, symbolically distancing himself from the execution to follow.
MEDIUM Opaque watercolor over graphite on gray wove paper
  • Place Made: France
  • DATES 1886-1894
    DIMENSIONS Image: 11 1/2 x 6 7/8 in. (29.2 x 17.5 cm) Sheet: 11 1/2 x 6 7/8 in. (29.2 x 17.5 cm) Frame: 20 x 15 x 1 1/2 in. (50.8 x 38.1 x 3.8 cm)  (show scale)
    SIGNATURE Signed bottom right: "J.J. Tissot"
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 00.159.267
    CREDIT LINE Purchased by public subscription
    RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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    CAPTION James Tissot (French, 1836-1902). Behold the Man (Ecce Homo), 1886-1894. Opaque watercolor over graphite on gray wove paper, Image: 11 1/2 x 6 7/8 in. (29.2 x 17.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased by public subscription, 00.159.267
    IMAGE overall, after treatment, 00.159.267_after_treatment_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2009
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