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Volume II: The Image of the Black in Western Art, From the Early Christian Era to the "Age of Discovery", Part 2: Africans in the Christian Ordinance of the World

Volume II: The Image of the Black in Western Art, From the Early Christian Era to the "Age of Discovery", Part 2: Africans in the Christian Ordinance of the World

Edited by David Bindman and Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

ISBN 9780674052581

Publication date: 11/01/2010

In the 1960s, art patron Dominique de Menil founded an image archive showing the ways that people of African descent have been represented in Western art. Highlights from her collection appeared in three large-format volumes that quickly became collector’s items. A half-century later, Harvard University Press and the Du Bois Institute are proud to publish a complete set of ten sumptuous books, including new editions of the original volumes and two additional ones.

Africans in the Christian Ordinance of the World, written by a small team of French scholars, has established itself as a classic in the field of medieval art. The most striking development in this period was the gradual emergence of the black Magus, invariably a figure of great dignity, in the many representations of the Adoration of the Magi by the greatest masters of the time. The new introduction by Paul Kaplan provides a fresh perspective on the image of the black in medieval European art and contextualizes the classic essays on the subject.

Praise

  • A fascinating story of the changing image of Africa's people in Western art. The images are simply extraordinary and the scholarship inspiring. Anyone who cares about Western art or about Africa and her diaspora ought to know these magnificent volumes.

    —Kwame Anthony Appiah

Authors

  • David Bindman is Professor of the History of Art, Emeritus, at University College London.
  • Henry Louis Gates, Jr., is the author of numerous books and has written extensively on the history of race and anti-Black racism in the Enlightenment. His most recent works include Stony the Road and The Black Church. He is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University.

Book Details

  • 400 pages
  • Belknap Press
  • Associate editor Karen C. C. Dalton

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