A Holy Woman Wipes the Face of Jesus (Une sainte femme essuie le visage de Jésus)
As Jesus continues on his route to Calvary, a woman now known as Saint Veronica approaches to offer momentary respite. Kneeling before Jesus, she gives him linen to wipe his face of the sweat and blood from his exertions and wounds. Taking the cloth in both hands, he presses it to his face, leaving a likeness of his features, which Veronica cherished as a memorial to him. In his commentary, Tissot notes that this relic was later taken to Rome for safekeeping by the Church.
Opaque watercolor over graphite on gray wove paper
Image: 9 1/8 x 7 in. (23.2 x 17.8 cm)
Sheet: 9 1/8 x 7 in. (23.2 x 17.8 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"
Purchased by public subscription
1900, purchased from the artist by the Brooklyn Museum.
This item is not on view
James Tissot (Nantes, France, 1836–1902, Chenecey-Buillon, France). A Holy Woman Wipes the Face of Jesus (Une sainte femme essuie le visage de Jésus), 1886-1894. Opaque watercolor over graphite on gray wove paper, Image: 9 1/8 x 7 in. (23.2 x 17.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased by public subscription, 00.159.283 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 00.159.283_PS1.jpg)
overall, 00.159.283_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007
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