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Study for Moses and the Burning Bush

Henry Ossawa Tanner Born: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1859 Died: Paris, France 1937 oil on canvas Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Jesse O. Tanner 1983.95.207B Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 12A


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Henry Ossawa Tanner drew inspiration for his art from both the New Testament and his upbringing in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. The Old Testament, however, did show up in some works, as in this study for Moses and the Burning Bush. In this painting an angel of God, in the form of a burning bush, calls on Moses to lead the Israelites out of Egypt to the Promised Land. On his second trip to the Middle East, Tanner visited the mountain range of the Sinai Peninsula, the site of this biblical episode.

Keywords

Portrait male - Moses

Religion - Old Testament - Moses

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas