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He Healed the Sick

ca. 1930 Henry Ossawa Tanner Born: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1859 Died: Paris, France 1937 oil on wood 16 1/4 x 21 1/2 in. (41.3 x 54.5 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Robbins 1983.95.199 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 11B


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This painting is probably a study for another work by Henry Ossawa Tanner titled Disciples Healing the Sick, which is more finished and detailed. There are numerous instances in the Bible in which Christ performs miraculous healings, but none of the stories describes this particular scene. Tanner created this painting after he had recovered from a serious illness, which suggests that the subject had personal meaning for him (Mosby, Henry Ossawa Tanner, 1991).

Keywords

Figure(s) in exterior - religious

State of being - illness

State of being - phenomenon - miracle

painting

paint - oil

wood