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The Cover
June 11, 2003

The Miraculous Haul of Fishes

Author Affiliations

The Cover Section Editor: M. Therese Southgate, MD, Senior Contributing Editor.

JAMA. 2003;289(22):2909. doi:10.1001/jama.289.22.2909

The first African American artist to become a member of the National Academy of Design was Henry Ossawa Tanner (1859-1937); elected an associate of the National Academy (ANA) in 1909, he became a full academician (NA) in 1927. His diploma presentation, on October 3, 1927, was The Miraculous Haul of Fishes (cover). The work confirms his reputation as the foremost biblical painter of his time, a distinction for which he had already received international recognition. In a sense, Henry Tanner had followed in his father's footsteps. He became, like his father, a preacher, but whereas Bishop Benjamin Tucker Tanner had preached from the pulpit, Henry preached from his palette. Where his father had used sound, he used color; where his father had used words, he used images.

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