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

Frank Livesey

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

Course Code: 3XBB05B19

Start Date: 08/01/2020

Day of the Week:
  • Wednesday

Session: Afternoon

Length in weeks: 5

Time: 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Price: £

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 are simply smashing!

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