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THE MIRACULOUS DRAUGHT OF FISHES.
Jesus Christ, during his vocation, took every opportunity to make his mission known to the people, and the word he preached was so eagerly sought after, that often, he was pressed by the crowd. Being one day by the lake of Gennaseret; «He saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets. And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon's, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship. And when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon : Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net. And when they had this done they inclosed a great multitude of fishes and their net brake. And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not, from henceforth thou shalt catch men... And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed him. »
In this picture, Jouvenet has represented the new Apostles wholly occupied with the calling they are going to follow; they display their entire submission to our Saviour, who is returning thanks to God for the conversion just operated.
This picture is one of those painted for the Abbey of SaintMartin-des-Champs. It has been engraved by John Audran, and is now in the Museum.
Width, 21 feet 3 inches; height, 12 feet 9 inches.