About This Artwork

Henry Ossawa Tanner
American, 1859-1937

The Two Disciples at the Tomb, c. 1906

Oil on canvas
129.5 x 105.7 cm (51 x 41 7/8 in.)
Signed, lower left: "H.O. Tanner"

Robert A. Waller Fund, 1906.300

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

Chicago, McCormick Place, "Century of Negro Progress," August 16-September 2, 1963.

Washington D.C. Howard University, "Ten Afro-American Artists of the Nineteenth Century, February 3-March 30, 1967.

New York, Grand Central Art Galleries, Henry Ossawa Tanner exhibition, November 16-December 7, 1967.

Atlanta, Spelman College, "Henry O. Tanner, An Afro-American Romantic Realist," March 30-April 30, 1969, cat. 7.

Berkeley, University of California Art Museum, "The Hand and the Spirit: Religious Art in America 1770-1900," June 27-August 6, 1972; traveled to Washington D.C. National Gallery, September-October 1972; Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, December 10, 1972-January 14, 1973; Indianapolis Museum of Art, February-April 1973.

New York, Metropolitan Museum, "Selections of nineteenth Century Afro-American Art," June 18-August 1, 1976.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, "Two Centuries of Black American Art," September 30-November 21, 1976; traveled to High Museum of Art, January 8-February 20, 1977; Museum of Fine Arts, Dallas, March 30-May 15, 1977; Brooklyn Museum of Art, June 25-August 21, 1977, cat. 54.

New York, Whitney Museum, "Turn-of-the-Century America," June 30-October 2, 1977; traveled to St. Louis Art Museum, December 1, 1977-January 21, 1978; Seattle Art Museum, February 2-March 12, 1978; Oakland Museum of Art, April 4-May 28-1978, cat. 22.

Philadelphia Museum of Art, "Henry Ossawa Tanner," January 20-April 14, 1991; traveled to Detroit Institute of Arts, May 12-August 4, 1991; Atlanta, High Museum of Art, September 17-November 24, 1991; Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, M.H. De Young Memorial Museum, December 14, 1991-March 1, 1992.

Kansas City, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, "Across Continents and Cultures: the Art and Life of Henry Ossawa Tanner," June 25-August 20, 1995; traveled to Dallas Museum of Art, September 12-December 31, 1995; Chicago, Terra Museum of American Art, January 12-May 5, 1996.

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, "Henry O. Tanner: Modern Spirit," January 27-April 15, 2012; traveled to Cincinnati Art Museum, May 26-September 9, 2012; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, October 21, 2012-January 13, 2013.

Publication History

Andrea D. Barnwell and Kirsten P. Buick, “A Portfolio of Works by African American Artists Continuing the Dialogue: A Work in Progress,” Art Institute of Chicago Museum Studies 24, 2 (1999), p. 186.

Andrew J. Walker, “Portfolio,” Art Institute of Chicago Museum Studies 24, 2 (1999), p. 190, no. 2.

Susan F. Rossen, “Introduction,” Art Institute of Chicago Museum Studies 24, 2 (1999), p. 141.

"Paintings at the Art Institute of Chicago, Highlights of the Collection," (Art Institute of Chicago/Yale University Press, 2017) p. 90.

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