Study for Christ and Nicodemus on a Rooftop

  • Henry Ossawa Tanner, Study for Christ and Nicodemus on a Rooftop, ca. 1923, oil on wood panel, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Robbins, 1983.95.188A

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This study for Christ and Nicodemus on a Rooftop made Henry Ossawa Tanner's reputation. The story of Nicodemus visiting Christ at night spoke to African American worship habits that Tanner remembered from his youth: After emancipation, freed slaves continued to meet at night, as they had done when their masters had forbidden them to read the Bible (Mosby, Henry Ossawa Tanner, 1991).

Title
Study for Christ and Nicodemus on a Rooftop
Artist
Date
ca. 1923
On View
Dimensions
9 1/2 x 13 in. (24.0 x 33.0 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Robbins

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on wood panel
Classifications
Keywords
  • Religion – New Testament – Christ
  • Religion – New Testament – Nicodemus
Object Number
1983.95.188A
Palette
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