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The Resurrection (La R├ęsurrection)

James Tissot

European Art

Emerging out of a tomb sealed with a large stone and guarded by watchmen, Jesus miraculously rises from the dead. His face shines forth and the wounds on his head, hands, feet, and chest glow bright white. The guards shook and “became as dead men,” Matthew says, at the sight of the risen Jesus, falling backwards in abject terror.

Glowing more brilliantly than the guards’ lanterns, an angel visible just inside the tomb at right will later reassure Mary Magdalene and the other holy women that Jesus has risen. The angel is accompanied by others of his brilliant company, who are seated in an inner chamber of the tomb.
MEDIUM Opaque watercolor over graphite on gray wove paper
  • Place Made: France
  • DATES 1886-1894
    DIMENSIONS Image: 12 13/16 x 8 5/16 in. (32.5 x 21.1 cm) Sheet: 12 13/16 x 8 5/16 in. (32.5 x 21.1 cm) Frame: 20 x 15 x 1 1/2 in. (50.8 x 38.1 x 3.8 cm)
    SIGNATURE Signed lower right: "J.J. Tissot"
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 00.159.328
    CREDIT LINE Purchased by public subscription
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