Jesus Stilling the Tempest (Jésus calmant la tempête)
While crossing the Sea of Galilee in a ship during the night, Jesus and his disciples are overtaken by a storm. Tissot omits any sign of landfall, heightening the sense of danger in the rough, stormy sea. Awakened by his followers, who fear for their lives, Jesus quiets the tempest with a dramatic and dynamic gesture and rebukes his companions for their lack of faith.
Tissot’s commentary connects this shipboard miracle with the miraculous draught of fishes, noting: “It was in the same boat, which then symbolized the Church, that Our Lord stilled the tempest and reassured the disciples, who typified redeemed mankind.”
Opaque watercolor over graphite on gray wove paper
Image: 5 x 7 1/4 in. (12.7 x 18.4 cm)
Sheet: 4 x 7 1/4 in. (10.2 x 18.4 cm)
Frame: 15 x 20 x 1 1/2 in. (38.1 x 50.8 x 3.8 cm) (show scale)
Signed bottom 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 (French, 1836-1902). Jesus Stilling the Tempest (Jésus calmant la tempête), 1886-1894. Opaque watercolor over graphite on gray wove paper, Image: 5 x 7 1/4 in. (12.7 x 18.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased by public subscription, 00.159.102 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 00.159.102_PS2.jpg)
overall, 00.159.102_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007
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