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Study for "The Judas Kiss"

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Description Although executed a year in advance of the final illustration and unlikely to have been used directly in the wood-engraving process, this drawing corresponds closely to the composition of the image published in Doré's illustrated Bible. It demonstrates the way in which the dramatic chiaroscuro (contrasting light and dark effects) of Doré's watercolor technique was translated into the linear medium of print. The passage illustrated is from the New Testament, Mark 14:43-46: "And immediately, while he yet spake, cometh Judas, one of the twelve, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders. And he that betrayed him had given them a token, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he; take him, and lead him away safely. And as soon as he was come, he goeth straightway to him, and saith, Master, master; and kissed him. And they laid their hands on him, and took him." [KJV]
Date Description Narrative
12/06/1978Examinationexamined for exhibition
1/01/2002Treatmentexamined for exhibition; cleaned; other
  • A Baltimorean in Paris: George A. Lucas, 1860-1909. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979.
  • Christian Imagery in French Nineteenth Century Art, 1789-1906. The Shepherd Gallery, New York. 1980.
  • A Connoisseur's Portfolio: Nineteenth-century Drawings and Watercolors in the Walters Art Gallery. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1983.
  • French Master Drawings. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1997-1998.
  • The Essence of Line: French Drawings from Ingres to Degas. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham; Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma. 2005-2006.
  • Great Illustrations: Drawings and Books from the Walters' Collection. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2010.
Provenance William T. Walters, Baltimore, 1865, by commission; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] In grey at lower left recto: G. Doré
Credit Commissioned by William T. Walters, 1865

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pen and ink with ink wash and white heightening on cream, moderately thick, slightly textured wove paper
(Painting & Drawing)
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H: 9 1/2 x W: 7 5/16 in. (24.2 x 18.6 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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