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‘Transcending Difference’ The image of Black people in European art 16th to 20th Centuries: Frank Livesey

"Only at the time of colonial expansion and the Slave Trade did Europeans become acquaintanced first hand with Black people in any number. This encounter provided artists with a new subject to explore; moving beyond the initial stereotyping of Black people they became more interested in them for what they were rather than what they might be held to represent. Black men and women are vividly depicted as soldiers, diplomats, figures in public life, domestics, sportsmen, entertainers, businessmen and women. The life stories of many of them is known in fascinating detail. In studying the depiction of 'The Other' we become more familiar with an important, if overlooked, aspect of our social and cultural history. And, as a bonus, many of the paintings ar simply smashing! "

Tutor: Frank Livesey

"Frank Livesey worked in a College in Uganda for a while after reading History at Oxford, before returning to teach History at Bedford School. Subsequently he was Head of History at Downside School for 8 years. In Spain he was Deputy Head of an International College in Madrid AND Later appointed a Lecturer in Church History at a Theological College in Sydney. Whilst there he completed an MA in Asian Studies at New South Wales University. The last years of his career were spent in International Schools in Hong Kong."