The Image of the Black in Western Art, Volume II, Part 1: From the Early Christian Era to the Age of Discovery: From the Demonic Threat to the Incarnation of Sainthood

The Image of the Black in Western Art, Volume II, Part 1: From the Early Christian Era to the Age of Discovery: From the Demonic Threat to the Incarnation of Sainthood

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Overview

In the 1960s, art patron Dominique de Menil founded an image archive showing the ways that people of African descent have been represented in Western art. Highlights from her collection appeared in three large-format volumes that quickly became collector’s items. A half-century later, Harvard University Press and the Du Bois Institute are proud to publish a complete set of ten sumptuous books, including new editions of the original volumes and two additional ones.

From the Demonic Threat to the Incarnation of Sainthood, written largely by noted French scholar Jean Devisse, has established itself as a classic in the field of medieval art. It surveys as never before the presence of black people, mainly mythical, in art from the early Christian era to the fourteenth century. The extraordinary transformation of Saint Maurice into a black African saint, the subject of many noble and deeply touching images, is a highlight of this volume. The new introduction by Paul Kaplan provides a fresh perspective on the image of the black in medieval European art and contextualizes the classic essays on the subject.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674052567
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 11/01/2010
Series: Image of the Black in Western Art
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 360,282
Product dimensions: 10.10(w) x 11.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

David Bindman is Emeritus Professor of the History of Art at University College London.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr., is Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and the Director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University.

What People are Saying About This

Kwame Anthony Appiah

A fascinating story of the changing image of Africa's people in Western art. The images are simply extraordinary and the scholarship inspiring. Anyone who cares about Western art or about Africa and her diaspora ought to know these magnificent volumes.

Paul Gilroy

In addition to being an indispensable guide to the evolving meanings of racial difference, these dazzling volumes filled with extraordinary images and rich arguments contribute to an alternative history of the Western world. An invaluable gift for both specialists and general readers.
Paul Gilroy, author of The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness

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