It Is Finished (Consummatum Est)
As Jesus expires on the cross, he utters the words “It is finished.” In this image, the spirits of the Old Testament prophets hover around the transverse bar of his crucifix, welcoming him into their company. Within the six-pointed Star of David, Tissot has painted the Hebrew word for Lord, further underscoring Christ’s role in the divine plan.
Asserting that their “prophecies are accomplished,” the artist shows the hovering prophets triumphantly holding scriptural scrolls above their heads. Below, the Virgin Mary reaches her arms out to her son.
Opaque watercolor over graphite on gray wove paper
Image: 11 5/16 x 7 3/4 in. (28.7 x 19.7 cm)
Sheet: 11 5/16 x 7 3/4 in. (28.7 x 19.7 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"
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James Tissot (French, 1836-1902). It Is Finished (Consummatum Est), 1886-1894. Opaque watercolor over graphite on gray wove paper, Image: 11 5/16 x 7 3/4 in. (28.7 x 19.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased by public subscription, 00.159.304 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 00.159.304_PS2.jpg)
overall, 00.159.304_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2008
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