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Immanuel: Henry O. Tanner Paints ‘God With Us’

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Immanuel: Henry O. Tanner Paints ‘God With Us’

Time: March 18, 2012 from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Location: Sanctuary
Street: 2125 Chestnut Street
City/Town: Philadelphia, PA 19103
Website or Map: http://www.philauu.org
Phone: 215-563-3980
Event Type: lecture
Organized By: Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
Latest Activity: Mar 5, 2012

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This spring, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA) will present the international exhibition Henry Ossawa Tanner: Modern Spirit. 

          The son of a bishop in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, Henry was highly educated in theology and Christian Scripture. Rather than preach the Bible, however, Henry chose to paint it. 

          Jeff Richmond-Moll, the Lecturing Fellow at PAFA for Modern Spirit, will give an illustrated talk that highlights Tanner’s frequent depictions of the theme of Christ as Immanuel, “God with us,” God on earth among his people.

          This talk shows the insightful role the artist’s paintings can play as theological treatises in painted form. Modern Spirit, which will run through mid-April at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, is the most comprehensive exhibition to date of Tanner’s work, containing never-before-seen paintings and works that are coming to America for the very first time, like his 1896 masterpiece The Resurrection of Lazarus. In addition to its normal hours during Modern Spirit, the museum will be open late (until 8 p.m.) on Wednesdays and will be open for free on Sundays.

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