And He Disappeared out of Their Sight

Media - 1983.95.200 - SAAM-1983.95.200_2 - 135425
Copied Henry Ossawa Tanner, And He Disappeared out of Their Sight, ca. 1898, oil on plywood, 10 5813 34 in. (27.135.0 cm.), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Robbins, 1983.95.200
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Artwork Details

And He Disappeared out of Their Sight
ca. 1898
10 5813 34 in. (27.135.0 cm.)
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Robbins
Mediums Description
oil on plywood
  • Group
  • Religion — New Testament — Christ
  • Religion — New Testament — Supper at Emmaus
  • Religion — New Testament — disciple
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Artwork Description

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.