Just over a week ago (2020 February), I wandered through Tate Britain in London for hours. In the first instance to see a very special and shocking work in the British Baroque exhibition.
But preceding the Barok Exhibition is a huge presentation by Steve McQueen with English school classes. Title: Year 3 A Portrait of London. The thousands of seven and eight year old London school children (same age as the children in the above painting) in their uniforms pose with their teachers for these photos. They form patterns on the walls through the differently colored uniforms and backgrounds.
For Privacy reasons it was requested not to make close ups of the children. It was very different with the children on the painting in the British Baroque. Power and Illusion exhibition.
The title is not chosen that well. It is more about the Stuart kings and rulers like Charles II. The entire first room is dedicated to Charles II.
In the second room the work that I came for was on display: Benedetto Gennari. Hortense Mancini, Duchess of Mazin, als Diana. During the time that the exhibition was being prepared, the curator approached me with the question whether I knew more about this work. Fortunately, I was immediately able to refer her to Elizabeth McGrath, who had already investigated this striking, unusual and shocking work.
The painting has now by far the largest explanatory text of all the artworks in the exhibition.
A few examples of what else is on display in this exhibition:
Elsewhere in the museum there is attention for female artists in the exhibition 60 Years. I was struck by a few surprising and intriguing pieces.
And there was also something very interesting to see for a possible future exhibition in the Netherlands. But I will keep that to myself.
About me EN:
In 2008 I was the guest-curator of the exhibition Black is beautiful. Rubens to Dumas. Important advisors Elizabeth McGrath (Rubens and colleagues), 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.
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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