Brought before a tribunal presided over by the chief priest Caiaphas, Jesus, bound in chains but standing with dignified calm, hears many give testimony against him, though none can agree on a charge or crime, much to the frustration of the priests.
Tissot visually conveys the accumulation of these accusations by filling the gallery at left with a frenzied crowd, each person raising his hand to be heard by the judges, who occupy an unseen but elevated dais at the top of the stairs to the right.
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James Tissot (French, 1836-1902). The False Witnesses (Les faux témoins), 1886-1894. Opaque watercolor over graphite on gray wove paper, Image: 8 x 11 13/16 in. (20.3 x 30 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased by public subscription, 00.159.244
Purchased by public subscription
Image: 8 x 11 13/16 in. (20.3 x 30 cm); Sheet: 8 x 11 13/16 in. (20.3 x 30 cm)