Thursday, October 11, 2012

Walters Art Museum Exhibition Reveals the African Presence in Renaissance Europe

Via The Brothers' Network Newsletter
The exhibition "Revealing the African Presence in Renaissance Europe" will be held at The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore (USA), October 14, 2012–January 21, 2013

This groundbreaking exhibition explores the wealth of European art to reveal the little known presence of Africans and their descendants in Renaissance society and the many roles—saints, slaves, aristocrats, farmers, artists and diplomats—they played there.

Featuring the period from late 1400s to the early 1600s and artists from Gerard David to Peter Paul Rubens, the portraits at the core of this show provide a window on an unsuspected facet of a society deeply impacted by the expanding worldview of the Age of Exploration. The show is organized by the Walters; it will then travel to the Princeton University Art Museum February 16–June 9, 2013.

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  2. I'm sorry that this traveling exhibit is not scheduled to come to the West Coast. It's illuminating, to say the least!

    I went to their site and read the section entitled "Diplomats, merchants, and rulers" and, once again, was amazed about the extent of Africans' presence in the political, cultural and economic life of Europe in the late Middle Ages. The paragraph reads that, "Africans came to Europe for study and business..." This very statement alone, supported by historical portraits, informs us that Africans were NOT all "primitives" living in an "unenlightened" Africa mentally and culturally separated from the more "modern" Europe, nor were they all slaves, but were ACTIVE PARTICIPANTS in this Europe coming out of the Dark Ages.

    This is the type of information that needs to be taught in schools, showcased in museums, and posted at enlightening blogs and websites like Afro-Europe International Blog. :-)

    If one sits quietly, takes the time to fully imagine a Renaissance Europe with Black Africans as players in that Europe struggling to come out of centuries of ignorance, imagines Ethiopian ambassadors, the Congolese man sent to the Vatican, or the great Juan Latino, who was a scholar who wrote in Latin and Spanish, (all whose portraits are part of this exhibit,) one would never again see Blacks as "simply enslaved" during this important period of world history!


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