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Jesus being awakened during a tempest on the Sea of Galilee, from a Mirror of Holiness (Mir’at al-quds) of Father Jerome Xavier

1602-04

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

The boat carrying Jesus and his apostles encountered a tempest on the Sea of Galilee. As the apostles began to panic and fear that their boat would sink, Jesus continued to sleep peacefully. The painter illustrates the moment before Jesus was awakened by his apostles, who are frightened by the storm and perhaps also by the crocodile that sticks its head out of the waves. The power of the gale is indicated by the violently twisting sail and the Mughal-style tassel that swings at the top of the mast. This composition is the only one in the Cleveland manuscript to be based on an identifiable European print.

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  • Title: Jesus being awakened during a tempest on the Sea of Galilee, from a Mirror of Holiness (Mir’at al-quds) of Father Jerome Xavier
  • Date Created: 1602-04
  • Physical Dimensions: Page: 26.2 x 15.6 cm (10 5/16 x 6 1/8 in.)
  • Provenance: An Indian family in Great Britain, whose grandfather brought the manuscript to England in the 1930s or 1940s through 2005, (Oliver Forge and Brendan Lynch Ltd., London, UK, 2005, sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art), The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH, 2005-present
  • Type: Manuscript
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/2005.145.77.a
  • Medium: Opaque watercolor, ink, color and gold on paper
  • Fun Fact: The apostle wearing green appears to be seasick.
  • Department: Indian and Southeast Asian Art
  • Culture: Mughal India, Allahabad, made for Prince Salim (1569–1627)
  • Credit Line: John L. Severance Fund
  • Collection: Indian Art
  • Accession Number: 2005.145.77.a

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