It's my picture of 2012, the drawing "Renaissance City" by Harlem Part Elementary/Middle School Students in US. They made the drawing after a visit from a museum educator, who introduced them to work of the exhibition Revealing the African Presence in Renaissance Europe of the Walter Art Museum. Students were asked to bring the portraits to life and give them a voice.
What moved me about this drawing is the creation of a their new perspective. From the old and more recent images of slavery and discrimination in the US, to a far more old period in Europe where black people where not only servants and slaves, but also royal court members and diplomats. Seeing yourself riding on a horse in a European city in the 15th century is a new and very powerful image to grow up with. I hope the recent wave of exhibitions of the images of black people in the 15th and 16th centuries and beyond, will further change their perspective and move them past the artificial boundaries of what is black and what is white.
The children were probably also inspired by the painting "Netherlandish", Chafariz d’el Rey in the Alfama District (View of a Square with the Kings Fountain in Lisbon), ca. 1570-80, oil on panel.