Interior of a Mosque, Cairo
Son of an African Methodist Episcopal bishop, Tanner studied art in Philadelphia and then settled in Paris in 1891. Except for occasional trips to America, he stayed in France for the rest of his life, becoming well known for the biblical compositions he exhibited annually at the Paris Salon. In 1897 Tanner traveled to the Near East, where he visited Jerusalem, Cairo, Port Said, Jaffa, Jericho, the Dead Sea, and Alexandria. The sketches he made there, like this image of a fifteenth-century Mamluk mosque (probably Qait Bey), provided details for him to use in his later studio compositions.
Artform: PAINTING AND DRAWING, Pre-20th Century
Artist: Tanner, Henry Ossawa
Artist Dates: 1859-1937
Country/Culture: United States
Period: 19th century
Medium: oil on canvas
Size: 52.1 x 66 cm
Subject: architectural interiors
Museum: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
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