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The Two Disciples at the Tomb

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

c. 1906

Artist:

Henry Ossawa Tanner
American, 1859–1937

About this artwork

Working in Paris, Henry Ossawa Tanner grounded his portrayal of a biblical scene in the thoughtful, individual expressions of the figures. The Two Disciples at the Tomb depicts an event from the Gospel of Saint John in which Peter and John arrive at Christ’s empty tomb. The bearded Peter looks downward with a somber gaze, but John appears transfixed, his face bathed in a golden light that signifies the presence of Christ’s spirit.

The son of a prominent minister of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Tanner was perhaps the most renowned American painter of religious works at the turn of the 20th century. After studying at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Tanner expatriated to France in 1891 in an effort to escape the trenchant racism that limited his career in the United States.

Status

On View, Gallery 273

Department

Arts of the Americas

Artist

Henry Ossawa Tanner

Title

The Two Disciples at the Tomb

Origin

Paris

Date

c. 1906

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Signed, lower left: "H.O. Tanner"

Dimensions

129.5 × 105.7 cm (51 × 41 7/8 in.)

Credit Line

Robert A. Waller Fund

Reference Number

1906.300

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