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

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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. (Kwame Anthony Appiah)

Review of the previous editions:
One concludes from these pioneering volumes that artistic representations were historical "events" that eventually helped to shape a mentality that justified the enslavement of millions of Africans as well as later attempts to Christianize and liberate their descendants. (David Brion Davis New York Review of Books 1981-11-05)

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)

One of the most thorough collections depicting the African-American in works of art...The books build on the research and photo project started by art patron Dominique de Menil in the 1960s, which grew out of a frustration with segregation. The collection was then transferred and continued to grow at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University. De Menil's original volumes have been updated by David Bindman and Henry Louis Gates Jr. and now include more detailed descriptions and provide a larger context of the artwork that spans more than 5,000 years, including the Roman Empire to present-day pieces, filling in tremendous gaps in de Menil's collection, according to some art historians. The images, printed in full-color on high-quality pages, are available for the masses to see and understand how African-Americans not only fit into the various societies of the Western world, but how those relationships evolved throughout the ages. (Kirkus Reviews 2010-09-15)

The volumes so far are a treasury of paintings and sculptures of people down the ages, taking in many strands of ritual, classicism, artlessness and humanity. (William Feaver Spectator 2010-12-18)

A sumptuous new edition with much additional material and copious color pictures....The books are a wonderful resource: a glitteringly decorated window into the Du Bois Institute's unrivalled archive of relevant images. The accompanying essays, which are models of erudition, are inescapable reading for anyone interested in the subject. (Felipe Fernández-Armesto The Art Newspaper 2011-04-17)

The joy of this series lies in the illustration and discussion of imagery found not only in paintings and woodcuts, but also in mosaics, illuminated manuscripts, and murals. (K. Mason Choice 2011-10-01)

Monumental and groundbreaking volumes...[with] beautifully reproduced and thought-provoking images…A vast array of different "Images of the Black" appear in these volumes, from statues of black saints such as St. Maurice or St. Benedict the Moor, to portraits of notable African ambassadors and kings, poets and musicians, or drawings of literary characters such as Shakespeare's Othello, Aphra Behn's Oroonoko, or Yarico from George Colman's Inkle and Yarico...Africans have been painted and sculpted by some of the most eminent artists in the Western tradition, including Titian, Tiepolo, Rubens, Rembrandt,Van Dyck, Reynolds, Hogarth, Watteau and Gainsborough. More importantly, they have not been caricatured, but sensitively portrayed by these masters, their humanity captured on canvas for all to see...In placing such a vast variety of different images together, both positive and negative, these volumes show that the "Image of the Black" was not at all homogenous but rather reflected the wide range of the Western response to the "other."...Seen through the prism of "Western Art," these "Images of the Black" often tell us more about the Europeans and their agendas than the Africans they portray. Nonetheless, the cumulative effect of the images is to demonstrate a continuous black presence in the Western imagination and experience…This series will pose new questions to scholars of art, history and literature and provoke us all to reconsider the role of "the Black" in Western civilization. (Miranda Kaufmann Times Literary Supplement 2012-03-23)

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, Harvard University.
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Product Details

  • Series: Image of the Black in Western Art
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Belknap Press; New edition edition (November 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674052560
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674052567
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 1.2 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,243,164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jack E. Holt, III on October 6, 2011
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You would think a wordy, highbrow art book would be a drag.

It isn't.

It's as vibrant as the images on its cover.

The series has advanced quite a bit since this volume was published but this one remains my favorite. Africans depicted in Western Art become almost stereotypes and that journey has an interesting start in this volume.

The image of the knight on the cover though was an inspirational one for my son. When the kids in his school would do Medieval subjects, he would sometimes ask where all the black kids were. The idea of a "moorish" knight appealed to him not just because he identified with the subject, but because it let him tell a different story about the "age of Chivalry" in his class projects.

The series is outstanding.
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The Image of the Black in Western Art is our most valuable and desired series of art history books we have begun to collect. We are fully committed to purchasing one or two them every month --- especially as art lovers wanting a more comprehensive rendering of the full Black experience across the world's fine arts. This series effectively and very informatively presents the art history that is very difficult to find in most bookstores, or learn through the usual college art curriculum. After buying 3 volumes so far, it was clear this was a very good investment in art literature for us and the entire family. No truer and fuller understanding of art history should be presumed or assumed without referencing this series.
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By Celeste on September 3, 2015
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Well...not surprised, it's very Eurocentric, like the first volume, the commentary is what it is, pics in this volume don't show the Black madonna or Black Jesus...and literally every single Black Knight or Saint shown is named St. Maurice, like he was the only one lol. It's good for the photos, but please be aware that it is heavily Eurocentric, they will never be able to really admit the truth.
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A wonderful comprehensive historical review of African Americans and their depiction in ...and long contribution to ....Art
The books present CENTURIES of images from across the world but particularly the continents of Africa, Europe
and North America. I am proud to own this series as books I read for pleasure and for reference. I will purchase the others as they are released! These books were a big part of my Christmas gift 2011 ....I put them on my list and many were bought
for me. Highly recommend All the books in this series.

New Jersey
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I was looking for more in-depth understanding into this era. Most of this information can be found by doing a Google search however this book is good for the entry-level story. It is obvious that they did not choose photographs that you picked out early Jesus as being a black boy and Mary as a black woman. Obviously they didn't make the connection of black Madonna to the early Jesus. This book was heavily jaded to protect Christianity and not give a accurate historical depiction of the origins in the blackness of Jesus. This book obviously is generated for white White Anglo Saxon Protestants.
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