Black Africans in Renaissance Europe
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Black Africans in Renaissance Europe

Publisher Comments: This highly original book opens up the almost entirely neglected area of the black African presence in Western Europe during the Renaissance. Covering history, literature, art history and anthropology, it investigates a whole range of black African experience and representation across Renaissance Europe, from various types of slavery to black musicians and dancers, …

Guillaume Guillon Lethiere – Black French painter
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Guillaume Guillon Lethiere – Black French painter

In 1980, an unsigned painting acquired by the Rhode Island School of Design a few years earlier, was identified as the work of the once-popular French artist, Guillaume Guillon Lethiere who was born in 1760. Although such attributions are rarely newsworthy, what should have made this one more interesting to us as Americans than even …

Black Russian Nobility – Alexander Pushkin
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Black Russian Nobility – Alexander Pushkin

Although the vast majority of African Americans are unfamiliar with Pushkin’s monumental works, most students of literature are at least aware of his “Blackamoor of Peter the Great,” an unfinished romance which relates the biographical data of the poet’s great-grandfather, Ibrahim Petrovitch Gannibal his black great-grandfather. Some early critics wrongly suspected that Pushkin attempted to …

Alessandro de Medici – The African
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Alessandro de Medici – The African

Alessandro de Medici – The African Despite the many portraits of this 16th century Italian Renaissance figure, his African heritage is rarely, if ever, mentioned.[Editor’s Note: For more on this omission as it has occurred in the art world, read this January 2005 update.] Alessandro wielded great power as the first duke of Florence. He …