Title: Joseph of Arimathea Seeks Pilate to Beg Permission to Remove the Body of Jesus
Artist: James Tissot
Medium: Watercolor over graphite on gray wove paper
Size: 22.7 x 30.8 cm
Date: c. 1890
Mark 15:42-45 It was Preparation Day (that is, the day before the Sabbath). So as evening approached, Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of the Council, who was himself waiting for the
That the Jewish Council included pious members like Joseph, and not just the sort who appeared at Jesus’ trial, fits the known diversity within the aristocracy of the period. That Pilate granted his request to remove the body is also remarkable; it was exceedingly rare that victims of crucifixion were given a proper burial, but it may have been the unorthodox request of a pious Council member like Joseph that persuaded Pilate.
James Jacques Joseph Tissot (October 15, 1836 – August 8, 1902) was a French painter who enjoyed a successful artistic career in