Study for Moses and the Burning Bush

Media - 1983.95.207B - SAAM-1983.95.207B_1 - 87118
Copied 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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Artwork Details

Study for Moses and the Burning Bush
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Gift of Jesse O. Tanner
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
  • Religion — Old Testament — Moses
  • Portrait male — Moses
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Artwork Description

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.