“Jesus Washing Peter’s Feet” by British painter Ford Madox Brown, illustrates the Biblical story of Jesus cleansing his disciples’ feet at the Last Supper. Perhaps symbolic of Jesus’ humility, the painting is rendered from a low, condensed viewpoint. The original version, considered scandalous, portrayed Jesus semi-clad. Unable to sell the artwork for years, Brown (1821 – 1893) repainted Jesus dressed more discreetly in robes.
Brown is known for pioneering the one-man art show and the Pre-Raphaelite movement.
Pioneering the one-man art show and the Pre-Raphaelite movement, Ford Madox Brown (1821 – 1893) was a precise craftsman and colorist. A designer for William Morris, Brown was otherwise a non-conformist who associated with the Pre-Raphaelites, but never joined the Brotherhood. Painting historic and religious themes, Brown’s best-known piece is “Work,” a commentary on Victorian social classes. Brown was commissioned to paint 12 murals in Manchester Hall, which took 15 years to finish, and was the crowning achievement of his career.