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Frontispiece, from the Prodigal Son portfolio

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Frontispiece, from the Prodigal Son Portfolio

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Frontispiece, from the Prodigal Son portfolio

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

James-Jacques-Joseph Tissot
French, 1836–1902

Date

1881

Medium

Drypoint and aquatint on paper

Accession #

74.36 A

Dimensions

14 × 17 3/4 inches

Location

Currently Not on View

Description

This realistic depiction of a well-used Bible provides captions for the following four prints. The book is open at the gospel of Saint Luke but contains only those verses from the original text that correspond directly to what is depicted in Tissot’s narrative scenes.

As the inscription in the lower-right corner states, Tissot not only composed the scenes but also etched them; it would not have been unusual, however, if he had employed a professional etcher to translate his drawings or paintings into prints.

Credit

Purchase for the Ralph K. Uhry Collection

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