Monday, July 31, 2017

Praying the Angelus with Art: This Week's Image

This lovely and very contemporary Annunciation (actually over 100 years old) is by African-American artist Henry Ossawa Tanner.

In 1879, Tanner was a student of Thomas Eakins at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Recognized for his treatment of biblical themes, he later spent time in the Holy Land, a trip that was sponsored by an admiring Rodman Wanamaker (the department store magnate). Experiences of racism in Philadelphia and Atlanta impelled Tanner to move to France where his outstanding abilities were recognized and rewarded with honors. It is somewhat ironic that his masterpiece Annunciation, painted in Paris, is today in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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