Wednesday, March 13, 2013

I for Influential Italian (and Illuminating Art)

A current exhibit, Revealing the African Presence in Renaissance Europe, explores the lives of Africans in Europe via Renaissance art. This Bronzino portrait is of Alessandro de' Medici, Duke of Florence, one of the most prominent figures of the Renaissance, and widely believed to be of African ancestry. The Economist called the exhibit "illuminating and exciting" (sorry, this dim, through-glass photo doesn't do the art justice!).

More at ABC Wednesday.

25 comments:

Peter said...

How unusual, sounds a great exhibition.

cieldequimper said...

I think we need to have this exhibition here! It's a beautiful portrait.

llandudnopictures said...

A very noble looking portrait, very nicely captured.

Roger Owen Green said...

Africa is so close to Europe, it seems INEVITABLE that there would be artists in Europe from Africa.

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Mo said...

It sounds like an interesting exhibitin

a.s.m. said...

Esta bien la historia que cuentas, la foto a pesar de la veladura que provoca el cristal de la pintura esta bien.
Un saludo, Ángel

acreativeharbor.com said...

Great post and pic for I for ABC ^_^

Ann said...

That is illuminating even under glass. Very unique.
Ann

BaysideLife said...

A wonderful portrait. I would love to visit this exhibit.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

I'm not sure Lulu, I lived in Africa for many years and that doesn't look like an African nose to me haha!

LOLfromPasa said...

Quite a nice photo and unexpected from your usual subjects. Like it!

Norma Beishir said...

Beautiful portrait.

LONDONLULU said...

Thanks everyone! It really is a great exhibit and illuminates a poorly-understand chapter in Western history!

Gattina said...

Could be ! He has a little African features.
Gattina
ABC Team

Reader Wil said...

Thanks for participating in ABC Wednesday! Beautiful face!
Thank you for your visit and comment on IWD.

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Bi Ti said...


Beautiful, you are so lucky to be there :)

Jack said...

A Medici was an African? Isn't that surprising.

This must have been a great exhibition. I look forward to other photos from this exhibition.

alp said...

Me gusto Venecia,,buena ilustracion, un abrazo desde Murcia

Carver said...

Sounds like an interesting exhibit. Great idea for I.

SRQ said...

I love Renaissance art. I'm surprised to read that a Medici may have had African lineage.

EG CameraGirl said...

Interesting how art reveals history we might otherwise be unaware of. Wonderful portrait.

William Kendall said...

Striking looking fellow!

MaiThreeBoyz said...

Interesting. I've always been intrigued with the Renaissance period.