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And He Disappeared out of Their Sight

ca. 1898 Henry Ossawa Tanner Born: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1859 Died: Paris, France 1937 oil on plywood 10 5/8 x 13 3/4 in. (27.1 x 35.0 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Robbins 1983.95.200 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 11B

Luce Center Label

The son of a minister, Henry Ossawa Tanner dedicated himself to painting religious subjects, and his trips to the Holy Land in 1897 and 1898 helped to inspire his work. This scene from the Gospel of Luke shows the resurrected Christ and two of his disciples sitting down to dinner. His followers do not recognize Jesus until he blesses the bread and disappears, leaving only a shadow to represent his ever-present spirit.


Religion - New Testament - Christ

Religion - New Testament - disciple

Religion - New Testament - Supper at Emmaus


paint - oil

wood - plywood