Ford Madox Brown Jesus Washing Peter’s Feet 1852–6

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Artist
Ford Madox Brown 1821–1893
Title
Jesus Washing Peter’s Feet
Date 1852–6
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1168 x 1333 mm
frame: 1475 x 1640 x 98 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by subscribers 1893
Reference
N01394
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1840

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This picture illustrates the biblical story of Christ washing his disciples’ feet at the Last Supper. It has an unusually low viewpoint and compressed space. Critics objected to the picture’s coarseness – it originally depicted Jesus only semi-clad. This caused an outcry when it was first exhibited and it remained unsold for several years until Ford Madox Brown reworked the figure in robes.Brown was never invited to join the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood but he was a close associate of the group. Several members modelled for the disciples in this picture and the critic F G Stephens sat for Christ.

July 2007

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