Lecture | Anne Lafont on Portraits of African Women

Posted in lectures (to attend) by Editor on January 19, 2018

Next week at the Warburg Institute:

Anne Lafont | Portrait of the African Woman from Atlantic to Mississippi:
A New Topography of the Art of Enlightenment
The Warburg Institute, London, 24 January 2018

Marie-Guillemine Benoist, Portrait d’une femme noire, shown at the Salon of 1800 under the title Portrait d’une négresse (Paris: Musée du Louvre, 2508, acquired in 1818).

The figures of Africans in the early modern arts trouble the traditional chronology and geography of art history and sometimes disturb the hierarchical circulation of commodities between European metropolises and colonial territories. One cannot study art of colonial times and places with the exact same categories used to define the Italian Renaissance, the British Landscape and even the mobile case of El Greco. Authorship, centre versus periphery, the picture, the unicum… all these units need to be renegotiated in the imperial context. This lecture will focus on these issues through case studies based on the painting of female black figures in France and the French Americas at the end of the eighteenth century and in the first decades of the nineteenth century. Wednesday, 24 January 2018, 17:30.

Anne Lafont, Directrice d’études, EHESS, l’Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris.

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