Sunday, March 31, 2013

Henry Ossawa Tanner's "Two Disciples at the Tomb"

Henry Ossawa Tanner was an African American artist of the late 1800's-early 1900's. I've been into his tonal palette and emotional Biblical subject matter. I wanted to post one appropriate to Resurrection Sunday.


Two Disciples at the Tomb
Henry Ossawa Tanner
circa 1905-1906

John 20:1-9
Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” So Peter went out with the other disciple, and they were going toward the tomb. Both of them were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. And stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there, and the face cloth, which had been on Jesus' head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that he must rise from the dead.

Take a look at Henry Ossawa Tanner's work,
depending on your style,
at the Smithsonian,



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