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Maker(s):Rouault, Georges
Culture:French (1871-1958)
Title:It is by His wounds that we are healed (C'est par ses meurtrissures que nous sommes gueris), plate 58 from 'Miserere' portfolio
Date Made:1922 (published 1948)
Materials:Photogravure, etching and aquatint on heavy weight Arches paper with "Vollard" blindstamp
Place Made:Europe; France; Paris
Measurements:Sheet: 25 15/16 in x 19 3/4 in; 65.9 cm x 50.2 cm; Plate: 22 7/8 in x 18 9/16 in; 58.1 cm x 47.1 cm
Accession Number:  AC 2013.29
Credit Line:Gift of Irving Vogel (friend of Amherst)
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

The face of Jesus Christ is depicted in this black and white work. His eyes are closed and he wears a crown of sharp and twisting thorns. Most of his face is in dark, shadowy black. Bordering his visage is a ring of negative space, giving the impression that his face is on a flat cloth inside.

Label Text:
Though the title does not explicitly say so, the crudely framed image of Christ’s face and the crown of thorns iconographically represent the Veil of Veronica. On his way to Calvary where he would be crucified, Jesus stopped to allow Saint Veronica to wipe the blood and sweat from his face, thereby leaving his image on her cloth. This tangible manifestation of Christ’s sacrifice for the redemption of mankind is a powerful conclusion to the “Guerre” group and the "Miserere" album. In Rouault’s final plate, faith persists.

MW, 2014

biblical; Christianity; deaths; figures; portraits; religion

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