The Procession in the Streets of Jerusalem (Le cortège dans les rues de Jérusalem)
Sitting astride a donkey, Jesus enters Jerusalem during the Passover season in triumph, receiving the acclamation of his followers, who call him the prophet of Nazareth and place garments or other textiles in his path, a homage typically reserved for kings. The multitudes also register their respect with bowed heads, outstretched arms, and clapping hands. Several of his followers celebrate his arrival with palm fronds, a symbol of victory in Jewish tradition. These palms subsequently gave the name to the Sunday that begins Holy Week and leads to the Passion.
In the foreground, the figures of two young boys from Tissot’s drawings are repeated several times in a variety of poses and gestures, an almost stop-action, cinematic effect as their claps and shouts lend a sense of dynamism to the scene.
Opaque watercolor over graphite on gray wove paper
Image: 8 7/8 x 6 15/16 in. (22.5 x 17.6 cm)
Sheet: 8 7/8 x 6 15/16 in. (22.5 x 17.6 cm)
Frame: 20 x 15 x 1 1/2 in. (50.8 x 38.1 x 3.8 cm) (show scale)
Signed top right: "J.J. Tissot"
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James Tissot (French, 1836-1902). The Procession in the Streets of Jerusalem (Le cortège dans les rues de Jérusalem), 1886-1894. Opaque watercolor over graphite on gray wove paper, Image: 8 7/8 x 6 15/16 in. (22.5 x 17.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased by public subscription, 00.159.194 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 00.159.194_PS2.jpg)
overall, 00.159.194_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007
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