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After Jean-Léon Gérôme, Le Golgotha. Consummatum est. New York & Paris: Goupil & Co., and Knoedler, 1871.
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The images of French academic painter Gérôme were very popular in the United States, thanks in part to the fact that his father-in-law was a founder of Goupil & Co., which distributed many prints after the artist’s work. The painting Le Golgotha was exhibited in France in 1868 where it received criticism because the artist chose to show only the shadows of the three crosses and not the crucified bodies of Christ and the thieves. The print likely touched a nerve in the U.S., however, where the Reconstruction South was often referred to in the press as “the modern Golgotha.”