Sunday, December 17, 2017

Art for Advent 2017: Third Sunday

For the third Sunday in Advent, the Seeing Art History series, written and narrated by Dr. James Romaine, presents Henry Ossawa Tanner's oil painting Flight into Egypt (1899). As Romaine explains, Tanner drew on his experiences as an African American, a Christian, and an artist to visualize the Holy Family's full-of-peril journey to Egypt to escape persecution; his approach invests the painting with multiple layers of meaning and deepens its depiction of enduring faith. Tanner created some 15 works on the theme. The 1899 version described in Romaine's video can be found at Michigan's Detroit Institute of Arts.

Also read Laurel Gasque's visual meditation on Flight Into Egypt at Artway.

Dr. James Romaine, Professor, Lander University; Lecturer on Faith and Visual Arts; Author

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