advance notice of upcoming talk
From the Magi to Miss LaLa
Individuals of African Ancestry in Western Art
29 October 2013, 1.00-1.45
Lunchtime Talk, Sainsbury Wing Lecture Theatre, National Gallery
Figures portrayed in Western art- whether mythical or historical – are predominantly fair-skinned. Yet people of African ancestry have lived in Europe for centuries and appear in paintings. This talk looks at depictions of Black figures in art from the Renaissance to the Modern period, inquiring into their roles as artists’ models and portrait sitters.