The False Witnesses (Les faux témoins)
Brought before a tribunal presided over by the chief priest Caiaphas, Jesus, bound in chains but standing with dignified calm, hears many give testimony against him, though none can agree on a charge or crime, much to the frustration of the priests.
Tissot visually conveys the accumulation of these accusations by filling the gallery at left with a frenzied crowd, each person raising his hand to be heard by the judges, who occupy an unseen but elevated dais at the top of the stairs to the right.
Opaque watercolor over graphite on gray wove paper
Image: 8 x 11 13/16 in. (20.3 x 30 cm)
Sheet: 8 x 11 13/16 in. (20.3 x 30 cm)
Frame: 15 x 20 x 1 1/2 in. (38.1 x 50.8 x 3.8 cm) (show scale)
Signed lower right: "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). The False Witnesses (Les faux témoins), 1886-1894. Opaque watercolor over graphite on gray wove paper, Image: 8 x 11 13/16 in. (20.3 x 30 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased by public subscription, 00.159.244 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 00.159.244_PS2.jpg)
overall, 00.159.244_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007
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