Black is beautiful

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In de maanden maart-april 1763 werd de zevenjarige Guan Anthony Sideron opgenomen in de hofhouding van de aankomende vijftienjarige stadhouder Willem V. Waarschijnlijk was hij een cadeautje van iemand of een organisatie die een goede relatie met de aankomende stadhouder wilde. Jonge, mooie, slimme en trouwe kinderen met een Afrikaans uiterlijk waren al eeuwen gewilde …

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Cupido en Sideron Cover 30-8-2017

In English:

In the sixties of the eighteenth century, the future stadtholder William V,  receives two black children, Willem Frederik Cupido and Guan Anthony Sideron, probably as a present by The Dutch West India Company.
The seven-year-old Sideron is from the drought and famine stricken Curaçao, the slightly younger Cupido of the coast of Guinea, in Africa. The children land in a world of great luxury and abundance and rise in the hierarchy to Valet the Chambre at the court of the governor and his wife Wilhelmina van Prussia.

During the French Revolution, they flee with the couple and a small part of the court to Great Brittan. Cupido descendants now live spread throughout the Netherlands.

The black servants of the family of Orange can be seen in many paintings next to the stadtholders, princes and princesses, but very little is known about their lives.

Cupido en Sideron have been researched for years by Esther Schreuder. Based on this extensive archive research, which included dozens of documents written by Sideron, she describes how Cupido en Siderons lives went at the Dutch court. It’s a fascinating world of intricate power relationships, intrigues and double agendas.

The book is for the moment only in Dutch

More about the exhibition

Gravin van Bylandt stichting, Mondriaan Fonds, Haags Historisch Museum, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfond, VSB fonds.


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Tefaf 2017 General overviews Masterpiece. Bought by a private collector. It will leave Europe. Selfportrait by Wallerant Vaillant Eyecatchers Black kings And other suprises and usual suspects Servants There will be more All photos on this site are not intended for any commercial purpose. I have tried to trace all the rules and rights of …

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Uitgever Jean Frederic Bernard verklaarde dat de wereldreligies eigenlijk allemaal hetzelfde willen English here Een van de verrassingen tijdens het onderzoek, van 2001 tot 2008, voor de tentoonstelling Black is beautiful, Rubens tot Dumas (werktitel Zwart verbeeld) waren de werken van de Hugenoot Bernard Picart. Bernard Picart was een Franse geboren katholiek, die zich, na …

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