While crossing the Sea of Galilee in a ship during the night, Jesus and his disciples are overtaken by a storm. Tissot omits any sign of landfall, heightening the sense of danger in the rough, stormy sea. Awakened by his followers, who fear for their lives, Jesus quiets the tempest with a dramatic and dynamic gesture and rebukes his companions for their lack of faith.
Tissot’s commentary connects this shipboard miracle with the miraculous draught of fishes, noting: “It was in the same boat, which then symbolized the Church, that Our Lord stilled the tempest and reassured the disciples, who typified redeemed mankind.”
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James Tissot (French, 1836-1902). Jesus Stilling the Tempest (Jésus calmant la tempête), 1886-1894. Opaque watercolor over graphite on gray wove paper, Image: 5 x 7 1/4 in. (12.7 x 18.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased by public subscription, 00.159.102
Purchased by public subscription
Image: 5 x 7 1/4 in. (12.7 x 18.4 cm); Sheet: 4 x 7 1/4 in. (10.2 x 18.4 cm); Frame: 15 x 20 x 1 1/2 in. (38.1 x 50.8 x 3.8 cm)