Study for Moses and the Burning Bush

  • Henry Ossawa Tanner, Study for Moses and the Burning Bush, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Jesse O. Tanner, 1983.95.207B

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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.

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Study for Moses and the Burning Bush
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Jesse O. Tanner

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oil on canvas
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  • Religion – Old Testament – Moses
  • Portrait male – Moses
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1983.95.207B
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