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Departure into Egypt (At the Inn)

n.d. Henry Ossawa Tanner Born: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1859 Died: Paris, France 1937 oil on wood 21 3/8 x 18 1/4 in. (54.4 x 46.4 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Robbins 1983.95.193 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 11B

Luce Center Label

This painting is different from Henry Ossawa Tanner’s other paintings on the same theme, in which the Holy Family flees through the desert to save their son from Herod. In Departure into Egypt (At the Inn), Mary, who holds her newborn, is just starting her journey. The bearded man holding the lantern is not Joseph, but probably the guard who will lead them out of the city.


Religion - Old Testament


paint - oil