As they continue to plot against Jesus, the chief priests warn against acting during the feast of Passover, fearing a possible uprising at a time when Jerusalem’s population swelled dramatically, with many visitors in town to celebrate the holiday.
While a young man keeps watch, the priests speak closely together, stroking their beards and scowling in an almost caricatural fashion, in Tissot’s rendering.
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James Tissot (French, 1836-1902). Conspiracy of the Jews (Conspiration des juifs), 1886-1894. Opaque watercolor over graphite on gray wove paper, Image: 9 7/16 x 7 5/16 in. (24 x 18.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased by public subscription, 00.159.215
Purchased by public subscription
Image: 9 7/16 x 7 5/16 in. (24 x 18.6 cm); Sheet: 9 7/16 x 7 5/16 in. (24 x 18.6 cm)