Henry Ossawa Tanner: The Disciples See Christ Walking on the Water (1907)

“Tanner favored religious subjects, in part because of his family’s strong spiritual convictions and professional ties to the church. The Disciples See Christ Walking on the Water interprets the Gospel of Matthew (14:24-28): But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. And in the…

Henry Ossawa Tanner: Christ and His Mother Studying the Scriptures (1909)

Christ and His Mother Studying the Scriptures presents a dramatic, yet intimate scene. The figures of Christ and Mary clasp each other tenderly as they each hold the scroll from which they read, their physical bond an outward acknowledgment of their spiritual unity. Henry Ossawa Tanner’s lush, densely painted surface is restricted to shades of…

“The Small One”

A vintage radio story narrated by Bing Crosby, this twelve minute audio tells a delightful tale of a boy and his donkey called “The Small One”. Henry Ossawa Tanner: Flight Into Egypt (1923) “Flight into Egypt” depicts the Holy Family’s clandestine evasion of King Herod’s assassins (Matthew 2:12–14), Tanner’s favorite biblical story… The painting, which…