Henry Ossawa Tanner: Christ and His Mother Studying the Scriptures

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Henry Ossawa Tanner’s nuanced painting situates the viewer as the interpreter of a perplexing image. Is this a picture of a boy learning to read or is this a depiction of Christ instructing his own mother in the meaning of the scriptures. The process of deciphering Tanner’s painting awakens the viewer’s spiritual imagination. Written and narrated by Dr. James Romaine. This video may contain advertisement placed there by the copyright holders of Mahalia Jackson’s music. Please support her beautiful music.

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