The Soul of the Good Thief (L'âme du bon Larron)
Following the death of the good (or penitent) thief crucified at Golgotha, his soul is taken up to heaven, fulfilling the promise made by Jesus on the cross; as Tissot notes, he is the very first to “reap the benefits of the Redemption of mankind.” With eyes wide open in wonder, the good thief floats upward, supported by six-winged angels who bear perfume censers. Far below lies the earth, its continents and seas clearly discernible.
Opaque watercolor over graphite on gray wove paper
Image: 10 9/16 x 6 15/16 in. (26.8 x 17.6 cm)
Sheet: 10 9/16 x 6 15/16 in. (26.8 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 bottom left: "J.J. Tissot"
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James Tissot (French, 1836-1902). The Soul of the Good Thief (L'âme du bon Larron), 1886-1894. Opaque watercolor over graphite on gray wove paper, Image: 10 9/16 x 6 15/16 in. (26.8 x 17.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased by public subscription, 00.159.314 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 00.159.314_PS1.jpg)
overall, 00.159.314_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007
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