Angels Holding a Dial Indicating the Different Hours of the Acts of the Passion (Anges tenant un cadran indiquant les différentes heures des actes de la passion)
To help guide the reader through the narrative of the Passion in his published Bible, Tissot repeatedly depicts two angels holding a dial, or clock, indicating the specific hour at which each event occurs. The tapers in their hands, Tissot tells us, signify purity and light: behind them, the sky is dark, but countless stars recall the promise of eternity.
Opaque watercolor over graphite on gray wove paper
Image: 7 3/4 x 6 3/4 in. (19.7 x 17.1 cm)
Sheet: 7 3/4 x 6 3/4 in. (19.7 x 17.1 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). Angels Holding a Dial Indicating the Different Hours of the Acts of the Passion (Anges tenant un cadran indiquant les différentes heures des actes de la passion), 1886-1894. Opaque watercolor over graphite on gray wove paper, Image: 7 3/4 x 6 3/4 in. (19.7 x 17.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased by public subscription, 00.159.218 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 00.159.218_PS1.jpg)
overall, 00.159.218_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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