The Image of the Black in Western Art

Image Gallery

Joshua Reynolds. Study of a Black Man. (thumbnail) David Klöcker Ehrenstrahl. Vanus Labor. (thumbnail) Jacopo Ligozzi. Barbary Moor with a Giraffe. (thumbnail) George Morland. Execrable Human Traffick; or, The Affectionate Slaves. (thumbnail) Maurice Quentin de La Tour. Portrait of a Negro Buttoning His Shirt (thumbnail) Cameo with the head of the goddess Diana. (thumbnail) Anonymous. Black servant with flowers. (thumbnail) George Morland. African Hospitality. (thumbnail) Statue of Saint Maurice. Germany, 1613. (thumbnail) Albert Eckhout. African man. (thumbnail) St. Maurice. Detail of a painted panel from the outer right-hand wing of a polyptych. (thumbnail) Statuette of a crouching Negro. (thumbnail) Andrea Mantegna. Adoration of the Magi. (thumbnail) Statuette of a young musician (?), left profile. (thumbnail) The Magi founding a city on the hill of Vaus. Woodcut from the Leben der Heiligen Drei Könige printed in Strasbourg in 1484 by Heinrich Knoblochtzer. (thumbnail) Carlo Saraceni, Giovanni Lanfranco, and assistants. Ethiopian Envoy. (thumbnail) Rembrandt van Rijn. Bust of an African Woman. (thumbnail) Astrological symbol for the stone Almagnitaz. (thumbnail) Marco Marziale. The Supper at Emmaus (detail). (thumbnail) Diego Velázquez. Portrait of Juan de Pareja. (thumbnail) Plastic vase: head of a man of mixed type. (thumbnail) Karl van Mander III. A Moor. (thumbnail) Karel van Mander III. Theagenes Wrestling the Ethiopian Giant. (thumbnail) Annibale Carracci. African Youth. (thumbnail) Lekythos: head of a Negro in profile. (thumbnail) Workshop of the Niobid Painter, pelike: tying of Andromeda, who is supported by a black servant. (thumbnail) Rembrandt van Rijn. Reclining Negress. (thumbnail) Hieronymus Bosch. Adoration of the Magi. (thumbnail) Our Lady of Mercy (detail). From Madrigal de las Altas Torres (Avila). (thumbnail) Guidoccio Cozzarelli. Libyan Sibyl. Pavement (detail). (thumbnail) Sample page layout from Volume 1, Part 1 Sample page layout from Volume 2, Part 1

About the Books

In the 1960s, as a response to segregation in the United States, the influential art patron Dominique de Menil began a research project and photo archive called The Image of the Black in Western Art. Now, fifty years later, as the first American president of African American descent serves his historic term in office, her mission has been re-invigorated through the collaboration of Harvard University Press and the W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research to present new editions of the coveted five original books, as well as an additional five volumes.

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