Jesus Washing Peter's Feet.
 Brown, Ford Madox, 1821-1893

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Title:Jesus Washing Peter's Feet
Notes:Ford Madox Brown was a British painter known for his works on historical and moral subjects. In this painting of the events just before the Last Supper scene, Brown depicts the disciples faces with a level of stunning detail. Some appear merely disconcerted while others are absolutely horrified and humiliated at Jesus’ act of loving service. Peter sits awkwardly in an embarrassed posture as Jesus kneels before him to wash his feet. The unusually low viewpoint allows spectators to place themselves in a vulnerable position alongside Jesus. Peter had to be taught that the traditional worldly ways of power, violence, and hierarchy needed to be cleansed from his expectations regarding Jesus’ mission. Jesus came to wash away this evil disease of humanity and teach us to be truly human—serving one another in acts of compassion and loving kindness. Ridding the world of evil with violence is directly opposed to the gentle sacrifice of Jesus laying down his life to show us a better way.
Artist:Brown, Ford Madox, 1821-1893
Building:Tate Britain
Country:United Kingdom

Scripture:John 13:1-17, 31b-35
Person as Subject:Peter, the Apostle (Biblical figure)
Jesus Christ (Biblical figure)
Lectionary links:AHoly04
General Subject:Footwashing
Jesus Washes Disciples Feet

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Attribution:Brown, Ford Madox, 1821-1893. Jesus Washing Peter's Feet, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved May 25, 2022]. Original source:
Record Number:56655 Last Updated: 2022-05-05 11:52:50 Record Created: 2018-10-02 14:48:32
Institution:Vanderbilt University Unit: Collection: Art in the Christian Tradition