About this artwork

For years this sculpture belonged to Tussaud's fairground in Blackpool, where it was exhibited as a curiosity, alongside other Epstein carvings. The idea for the sculpture came to the artist while he was listening to Bach's B minor Mass and looking at a large slab of alabaster in his studio. He was suddenly inspired by the idea and saw the sculpture as a whole, in his head. According to St John's Gospel, 'consummatum est' - ('It is finished') were the words Christ uttered from the Cross.

  • title:
    Consummatum Est
  • accession number:
    GMA 2304
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  • materials:
    Alabaster
  • date created:
    1936 - 1937
  • measurements:
    61.00 x 223.50 x 81.00 cm
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1981
  • copyright:
    © Estate of Jacob Epstein
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve

Sir Jacob Epstein

Sir Jacob Epstein