Zwart verbeeld archief / The Image of the black in Art Archive

Casper Luyken  170. Verfschnittener BM

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De Zwart verbeeld archieven, The Black is beautiful archives:

  • Miniatures from 1200 to 1550
Oxford Bodleian Library MS Douce 195 fol 96 detail.
  • Biblical histories  ca 1450 – 1830
Cornelis van Haarlem, Batseba Colletion Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
  • Mythological histories 1450- 1830
Crispin de Passe II Bernard Picart Chariclea
Crispin de Passe/Bernard Picart Chareclea
  • Genre 1480- to 1830
  • Portraits 1500-1830
Reinier Vinkeles Man en paard Christies
Reinier Vinkeles
Jean Bernard, Portret van onbekende man 1818. Collection Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
  • Nineteenth century 
With thanks to the Sanlam collection South Africa: Frans David Oerder 1896
  • Twentieth Century 
  • Contemporary 

About me:

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.

Black beautiful Rubens to Dumas cover
Black beautiful Rubens to Dumas cover

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.)

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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)

Cupido en Sideron Cover 30-8-2017

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