“All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.
For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.
And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.
And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.”
John 6:37-40 KJV
Jesus Goes Up Alone onto a Mountain to Pray (Jésus monte seul sur une montagne pour prier)
Seeking solitude for prayer following the miracle of the loaves and fishes, Jesus retreats to the peak of a mountain. Tissot’s commentary observes that such solitary moments precede many significant episodes in Jesus’ ministry, including the Ordaining of the Apostles, the Sermon of the Beatitudes, and the Transfiguration, noting Jesus’ preference for “lofty spots,” elevations near to God, for these meditative respites.
In this dramatic image, Tissot sets Jesus against a night sky, his brilliant white robes backlit by the glow of the stars and the crescent moon.
PORTFOLIO/SERIES The Life of Our Lord Jesus Christ (La Vie de Notre-Seigneur Jésus-Christ)
ARTIST James Tissot, French, 1836-1902
MEDIUM Opaque watercolor over graphite on gray wove paper
Place Made: France
DIMENSIONS Image: 11 3/8 x 6 1/4 in. (28.9 x 15.9 cm) Sheet: 11 3/8 x 6 1/4 in. (28.9 x 15.9 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
• James Tissot: “The Life of Christ”
ACCESSION NUMBER 00.159.137
CREDIT LINE Purchased by public subscription
RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
CAPTION James Tissot (French, 1836-1902). Jesus Goes Up Alone onto a Mountain to Pray (Jésus monte seul sur une montagne pour prier), 1886-1894. Opaque watercolor over graphite on gray wove paper, Image: 11 3/8 x 6 1/4 in. (28.9 x 15.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased by public subscription, 00.159.137 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 00.159.137_PS1.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 00.159.137_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006