Christmas Art: Henry Ossawa Tanner’s View of the Nativity

OK – One more post to get the Christmas art binge out of my system – then I’ll get back to wherever else my mood takes me.

Henry O Tanner SelfieEverybody has heard of Rembrandt, but how many of you have heard of Henry Ossawa Tanner? No? He’s not a “Dutch Master,” or a “Renaissance Dude.” He is actually an American artist, born in Pittsburgh, PA in 1859. He was also the very first internationally-acclaimed African-American artist. His mom was a Civil War era slave and escaped to the North through the Underground Railroad, and his dad was a minister and political activist.

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