Jesus Sleeping During the Tempest

This work by French painter James Tissot (1836-1902) portrays the Bible episode in which Jesus Christ is awakened by the apostles to calm a storm on the Sea of Galilee, known for its strong and sudden storms: “Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm” (The Gospel According to St. Matthew, Matt. 8: 23-27). Tissot painted hundreds of oil paintings, watercolors and drawings about the life of Jesus, most of which can now be found at the Brooklyn Museum in New York.

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