Henry Ossawa Tanner: The Flight into Egypt, 1899

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Henry Ossawa Tanner’s painting gives this biblical narrative of peril and perseverance new layers of meaning. In visualizing this subject, Tanner drew on his own experiences as an African American, a Christian, and an artist. By visualizing both the difficulty of the Holy Family’s journey and the endurance of their faith, Tanner gives this sacred drama a sense of modern purpose. 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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