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Study for the Annunciation

ca. 1898 Henry Ossawa Tanner Born: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1859 Died: Paris, France 1937 oil on wood 8 1/2 x 10 3/4 in. (21.5 x 27.4 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Robbins 1983.95.187 Smithsonian American Art Museum
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In this painting the vertical line of white paint on the left represents the divine presence of the angel who will tell Mary that she bears the Son of God. The finished painting made from this study was well received in Paris and was Henry Ossawa Tanner’s first work to be acquired by an American museum.

Keywords

Religion - New Testament - Annunciation

Religion - New Testament - Mary

painting

paint - oil

wood