De afgelopen weken bezocht ik in Engeland een aantal plekken, waaronder paleizen. Dit alles voor een boek en een tentoonstelling in de maak. Het eerste paleis was Kensington in Londen.
Kensington was een favoriet paleis van Koning – stadhouder Willem III en zijn Mary Stuart. Zij ontvingen hier gezelschappen. Hierna gebruikten de koningen van de familie Hannover, George I, II, III, het paleisje, het is niet zo groot.
In recent weeks I visited in England a number of sites, including palaces. All this for a book and an exhibition in the making. The first was Kensington Palace in London. Kensington was a favorite palace of King stadtholder William III and Mary Stuart. They received groups here. Hereinafter it is used by the kings of the family Hanover, George I, II, III.
John van der Nost: bust of a servant or slave
William Kent: The Kings staircase with the servants of George I. Mehemet (second from the left) and Mustaphe (with white beard)
In 2008 I was guest curator of the exhibition Black is beautiful. Rubens to Dumas. Important advisors: Elizabeth McGrath (Rubens and colleagues, Warburg institute Image of the Black in Western Art collection), Carl Haarnack (slavery in books), Elmer Kolfin (slavery in prints and paintings) en Adi Martis (contemporary art). Gary Schwartz made his research for The Image of the Black in Western Art available to me.
In 2014 my essay ‘Painted Blacks and Radical Imagery in the Netherlands (1900-1940)’ was published in The Image of the Black in Western Art Volume V (I). (ed. David Bindman, Henry Louis Gates jr.)
In 2017 I published a book about the black servants at the Court of the Royal Van Oranje family. More than a thousand documents have been found about their lives. (only in Dutch)
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