Revealing the African Presence in Renaissance Europe The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore / Princeton University Art Museum, New Jersey USA
14 October 2012 – 21 January 2013 / 16 February 2013 – 9 June 2013
This autumn, the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore presents an exhibition exploring the little known presence of Africans and their descendants in Europe from the late 1400s to the early 1600s. The exhibition will look at the roles these individuals played in society. During the European Renaissance, there was a new focus on the identity and perspective of the individual. Africans living or visiting Europe at this time included artists, aristocrats, saints, slaves and diplomats. The exhibition of vivid portraits created from life encourages face to face encounters with these individuals and poses questions about the challenges of color, class and stereotypes that a new diversity brought to Europe. Aspects of this material have been studied by scholars, but this is the first time the subject has been presented to a wider American public.
The exhibition features 73 paintings, sculptures, prints, manuscripts and printed books by artists such as Rubens, Pontormo, Dürer, Veronese and Bronzino. These artworks are drawn from the Walters museum collection, as well those from major museums in Europe and the United States, and private collections. The exhibition will travel to the Princeton University Art Museum in New Jersey 16 February – 9 June 2013. For More information VISIT THE WALTERS ART MUSEUM WEBSITE.
Featured image: Annibale Carracci (attrib), Portrait of an Enslaved African Woman, ca. 1580s. Oil on canvas, 60 x 39 x 2 cm. Fragment of a larger painting, Tomasso Brothers, Leeds, England.