Jesus Washing Peter's Feet




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About this beautiful image –

Jesus Washing Peter's Feet was exhibited in the same year that Brown began his masterpiece, Work (1863).  This picture evokes the same message as Work: that of the class system being un-Christian.  Brown took the subject for Jesus Washing Peter's Feet from the Book of St. John; his intention was to portray the shocked reactions of the disciples as wrong, suggesting that they should, like Jesus, believe all people to be equal.  Similarly, in Work, he tried to expose the stupidity of the English class system, ridiculing the upper-class residents for their snobbery toward the laborers – without the laborers' vital work on the sewers the residents could die from cholera.  In the same way that Brown depicted the brawny laborers in Work, the musculature of Jesus' arms indicates a strong, working man.

Adhering to Pre-Raphaelite tradition, Brown used family and friends as models for Jesus Washing Peter's Feet.  F.G. Stephens, Dante Rossetti, William Rossetti, Tom Seddon, William Holman Hunt and Hunt's father posed.  Lizzie Siddal also modeled.

Jesus Washing Peter's Feet was sent to the Royal Academy, but its unfortunate placing in the exhibition (bad lighting and away from the crucial "line") infuriated Brown to such an extent that he stormed out of the Academy abd determined to exhibit – and hang – his works under his own initiative in future.

Hawksley, Lucinda. Essential Pre-Raphaelites, Paragon Publishing, 2002, pg. 62.

Tate Gallery, London, England