Prophets, Priests, and Queens


After the worldwide success of his illustrated publication The Life of Christ, the French artist James Tissot returned to the Holy Land in 1896 to begin a series of more than 370 illustrations, painted in watercolor and gouache, depicting stories from the Old Testament.

James Jacques Joseph Tissot painting
James Jacques Joseph Tissot (1836–1901), God Appears to Noah, c. 1896–1902, gouache on board, 9 x 4 3/8 in., Jewish Museum, New York City; gift of the heirs of Jacob Schiff

Utilizing religious and scholarly sources, his own travel experiences, and his unconventional imagination, Tissot decided to illustrate every episode. After his unexpected death in 1902, the images left unfinished were completed by artists he trusted.

These remarkable works have long been at New York City’s Jewish Museum, and now the Brigham Young University Museum of Art has borrowed 129 of them to conserve and display for the first time in four decades.

Also included in BYU’s exhibition (titled “Prophets, Priests, and Queens: James Tissot’s Men and Women of the Old Testament”) are several previously unlocated oil paintings related to the Old Testament.

Exhibition Details:
“Prophets, Priests, and Queens: James Tissot’s Men and Women of the Old Testament”
Brigham Young University Museum
Provo, Utah
through December 31, 2022

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