Crucifixion, seen from the Cross
The Crucifixion, seen from the Cross is a c. 1890 watercolor painting by the French painter James Tissot. The work is unusual for its portrayal of the site, the women witnesses, and bystanders from the perspective of Jesus on the cross, rather than featuring him as the center of the work; his figure is nearly not shown (his feet can be seen at the bottom of the picture).
It is part of the series The Life of Jesus Christ, a series of 350 watercolors of events from the Gospels completed by Tissot. He prepared for these by extensive travels in the Middle East to study details of contemporary life, which he used in the paintings. Prints were also published of the compositions. The whole watercolor series, completed between 1886-1894, was acquired in 1900 by the Brooklyn Museum in New York.
- James Tissot: the Life of Christ by Judith F. Dolkart 2009 ISBN 1-85894-496-1 page 201
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