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It Is Finished (Consummatum Est)

James Tissot

European Art

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.
MEDIUM Opaque watercolor over graphite on gray wove paper
  • Place Made: France
  • DATES 1886-1894
    DIMENSIONS 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)
    SIGNATURE Signed bottom right: "J.J. Tissot"
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 00.159.304
    CREDIT LINE Purchased by public subscription
    RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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    CAPTION 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)
    IMAGE overall, 00.159.304_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2008
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