The Annunciation: Henry Ossawa Tanner

Henry Ossawa Tanner: Annunciation

The Annunciation by African-American painter Henry Ossawa Tanner depicts the Virgin Mary at the moment of her encounter with the angel Gabriel. She sits with hands clasped in adoration of the angel’s brilliant shaft of light on the left. Tanner visited Palestine to research the architecture and light of this work, which he painted in 1898.

Henry Ossawa Tanner’s Annunciation is in the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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