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Consummatum Est
© Estate of Jacob Epstein

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Consummatum Est 1936 - 1937

Not on display

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.


  • Acc. No. GMA 2304
  • Medium Alabaster
  • Size 61.00 x 223.50 x 81.00 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1981