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Volume III: The Image of the Black in Western Art, From the "Age of Discovery" to the Age of Abolition, Part 3: The Eighteenth Century

Volume III: The Image of the Black in Western Art, From the "Age of Discovery" to the Age of Abolition, Part 3: The Eighteenth Century

Edited by David Bindman and Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

ISBN 9780674052635

Publication date: 11/14/2011

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.

Europe and the World Beyond focuses geographically on peoples of South America and the Mediterranean as well as Africa—but conceptually it emphasizes the many ways that visual constructions of blacks mediated between Europe and a faraway African continent that was impinging ever more closely on daily life, especially in cities and ports engaged in slave trade.

The Eighteenth Century features a particularly rich collection of images of Africans representing slavery’s apogee and the beginnings of abolition. Old visual tropes of a master with adoring black slave gave way to depictions of Africans as victims and individuals, while at the same time the intellectual foundations of scientific racism were established.

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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