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David Bindman
David Bindman, Durning-Lawrence Professor Emeritus of the History of Art at University College London, is a research fellow at the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University.
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Description: The Image of the Black in African and Asian Art
In the preface by David Bindman and Henry Louis Gates, Jr., to the new and reprinted volumes of The Image of the Black in Western Art, published between 2010 and 2014, much was made of the transformation of the intellectual climate...
Description: The Image of the Black in African and Asian Art
The Image of the Black in African and Asian Art asks how the black figure was depicted by artists from the non-Western world. Beginning with ancient Egypt—positioned properly as part of African history—this volume focuses on the figure of the black as rendered by artists from Africa, East Asia, and the Indian subcontinent. The aesthetic traditions illustrated here are as diverse as the political and social histories of these regions. From Igbo Mbari sculptures to modern photography from Mali, from Indian miniatures to Japanese prints, African and Asian artists portrayed the black body in ways distinct from the European tradition, even as they engaged with Western art through the colonial encounter and the forces of globalization.

This volume complements the vision of art patrons Dominique and Jean de Menil who, during the 1960s, founded an image archive to collect the ways that people of African descent have been represented in Western art from the ancient world to modern times. A half‐century later, Harvard University Press and the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research completed the historic publication of The Image of the Black in Western Art—ten books in total—beginning with Egyptian antiquities and concluding with images that span the twentieth century. The Image of the Black in African and Asian Art reinvigorates the de Menil family’s original mission and reorients the study of the black body with a new focus on Africa and Asia.
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Print publication date February 2017 (in print)
Print ISBN 9780674504394
EISBN 9780300244731
Illustrations 265
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Description: The Image of the Black in Western Art, Volume V: The Twentieth Century, Part 2: The...
From its conception in the 1960s, The Image of the Black in Western Art project was guided by Dominique and Jean de Menil’s passionate concern with the struggle for civil rights for African Americans and by a deep respect for the...
Description: The Image of the Black in Western Art, Volume V: The Twentieth Century, Part 2: The...
In the 1960s, art patrons Dominique and Jean de Menil founded an image archive showing the ways that people of African descent have been represented in Western art from the ancient world to modern times. Highlights from the image archive, accompanied by essays written by major scholars, appeared in three large‐format volumes, consisting of one or more books, that quickly became collector’s items. A half‐century later, Harvard University Press and the Du Bois Institute are proud to have republished five of the original books and five completely new ones, extending the series into the twentieth century.

The Rise of Black Artists, the second of two books on the twentieth century and the final volume in The Image of the Black in Western Art, marks an essential shift in the series and focuses on representation of blacks by black artists in the West. This volume takes on important topics ranging from urban migration within the United States to globalization, to Négritude and cultural hybridity, to the modern black artist’s relationship with European aesthetic traditions and experimentation with new technologies and media. Concentrating on the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean, essays in this volume shed light on topics such as photography, jazz, the importance of political activism to the shaping of black identities, as well as the post-black art world.
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Print publication date October 2014 (in print)
Print ISBN 9780674052697
EISBN 9780300244724
Illustrations 220
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Description: The Image of the Black in Western Art, Volume V: The Twentieth Century, Part 1: The...
Négritude was a Francophone literary and ideological movement initiated by the Senegalese Léopold Senghor (1906–2001), the Martinican poet Aimé Césaire (1913–2008), and...
Description: The Image of the Black in Western Art, Volume V: The Twentieth Century, Part 1: The...
The Chauncey Keep Memorial Hall of the Races of Mankind in the Field Museum in Chicago opened in 1933. It displayed about one hundred bronze and stone figures and busts by Malvina Hoffman, and it belonged to an age when “race” was a fully accepted scientific category in European intellectual circles, as it had been from the second half of the eighteenth century until the rise of Nazism...
Description: The Image of the Black in Western Art, Volume V: The Twentieth Century, Part 1: The...
From its conception in the 1960s, The Image of the Black in Western Art project was guided by Dominique and Jean de Menils passionate concern with the struggle for civil rights for African Americans and by a deep respect for the past. One...
Description: The Image of the Black in Western Art, Volume V: The Twentieth Century, Part 1: The...
In the 1960s, art patrons Dominique and Jean de Menil founded an image archive showing the ways that people of African descent have been represented in Western art from the ancient world to modern times. Highlights from the image archive, accompanied by essays written by major scholars, appeared in three large-format volumes, consisting of one or more books, that quickly became collector’s items. A half-century later, Harvard University Press and the Du Bois Institute are proud to have republished five of the original books and to present five completely new ones, extending the series into the twentieth century.

The Impact of Africa, the first of two books on the twentieth century, looks at changes in the Western perspective on African art and the representation of Africans, and the paradox of their interpretation as simultaneously “primitive” and “modern.” The essays include topics such as the new medium of photography, African influences on Picasso and on Josephine Baker’s impression of 1920s Paris, and the influential contribution of artists from the Caribbean and Latin American diasporas.
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Print publication date February 2014 (in print)
Print ISBN 9780674052673
EISBN 9780300244717
Illustrations 226
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The Image of the Black in Western Art, Volume III: From the “Age of Discovery” to the Age of Abolition, Part 2: Europe and the World Beyond
~In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the European vision of Africa and its inhabitants was based on classical and medieval sources matched by reports of travelers....
The Image of the Black in Western Art, Volume III: From the “Age of Discovery” to the Age of Abolition, Part 2: Europe and the World Beyond
Cameos were widely found in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century collections. The cameo held by Cornelis de Man’s dealer in his painting Visit to a Curiosity Dealer contrasts the whiteness of the portrait bust with the darkness of the background ...
The Image of the Black in Western Art, Volume III: From the “Age of Discovery” to the Age of Abolition, Part 2: Europe and the World Beyond
Paolo Cortesi, in his encyclopedic treatise for prelates of 1510 (De Cardinalatu), advocated the presence of maps in the summer rooms of ecclesiastic palaces ...
The Image of the Black in Western Art, Volume III: From the “Age of Discovery” to the Age of Abolition, Part 2: Europe and the World Beyond
~In or shortly after 1518, the Augsburg merchant Lucas Rem commissioned an altarpiece from Quentin Massys. The central panel of the triptych represents the Trinity, with the Virgin and SS. Sebastian and...
The Image of the Black in Western Art, Volume III: From the “Age of Discovery” to the Age of Abolition, Part 2: Europe and the World Beyond
The so-called Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch is certainly one of the most mysterious works of the late Middle Ages ...
The Image of the Black in Western Art, Volume III: From the “Age of Discovery” to the Age of Abolition, Part 2: Europe and the World Beyond
I~n the Middle Ages, the African presence in Europe was minimal, except around the Mediterranean, where contacts with Africa were established in Spain, southern Italy, and Jerusalem. Muslim Spain saw an...
Description: The Image of the Black in Western Art, Volume III: From the “Age of...
~From the fall of Constantinople in 1453, large sections of the Balkans were under Ottoman rule for some three hundred years. Control of Syria and Egypt gave the Ottomans domination of a large part of the eastern Mediterranean and North African coastline, while the Barbary states, with their...
The Image of the Black in Western Art, Volume III: From the “Age of Discovery” to the Age of Abolition, Part 2: Europe and the World Beyond
~Black Africans came to America with the first explorers. In his Historia de las Indias (1581), Diego Durán records Hernán Cortés’s three hundred companions, “not mentioning servants and blacks.” For Durán, the conquest was...
The Image of the Black in Western Art, Volume III: From the “Age of Discovery” to the Age of Abolition, Part 2: Europe and the World Beyond
~From the Renaissance on, accounts of non-European societies were seen through Aristotelian values that had been absorbed into medieval Christian philosophy. Greek and Latin authors from Hesiod...
The Image of the Black in Western Art, Volume III: From the “Age of Discovery” to the Age of Abolition, Part 2: Europe and the World Beyond
~The systematic exploration of the world from the fifteenth century on inevitably created a new consciousness of the importance of geography. When Albrecht Altdorfer depicted Alexander the Greats victory over the Persian ruler Darius III at the battle of Issus in 333 B.C., he gave the subject a historical setting.See Gisela Goldberg,...
The Image of the Black in Western Art, Volume III: From the “Age of Discovery” to the Age of Abolition, Part 2: Europe and the World Beyond
An important element in European attitudes toward blacks in the sixteenth century was the impact of the image of the Ottoman Empire, especially after the fall of Constantinople in 1453 ...
The Image of the Black in Western Art, Volume III: From the “Age of Discovery” to the Age of Abolition, Part 2: Europe and the World Beyond
~At the instigation of Henry the Navigator, the Portuguese eventually achieved the circumnavigation of Africa. In 1445, Dinis Dias reached the mouth of the Senegal River and Cape Verde, south of the Sahara. Then,...
The Image of the Black in Western Art, Volume III: From the “Age of Discovery” to the Age of Abolition, Part 2: Europe and the World Beyond
~Since the day that Francesco Pellizzi, Dominique de Menil’s son-in-law, came to Cambridge in 1993 to interest me in taking part in the completion of the Image of the Black in Western Art series, I have been involved in this project. I was working at...
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The Image of the Black in Western Art, Volume III: From the “Age of Discovery” to the Age of Abolition, Part 2: Europe and the World Beyond
This book, the second part of Volume III of The Image of the Black in Western Art, covers the same period as the first part—the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries—but it deals largely with different areas and takes a different approach to the subject. Volume III, Part 1 covers the art of Europe from Italy and Spain to Great Britain, with the general exception of Flanders...
The Image of the Black in Western Art, Volume III: From the “Age of Discovery” to the Age of Abolition, Part 2: Europe and the World Beyond
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.

Europe and the World Beyond focuses geographically on peoples of South America and the Mediterranean as well as Africa—but conceptually it emphasizes the many ways that visual constructions of blacks mediated between Europe and a faraway African continent that was impinging ever more closely on daily life, especially in cities and ports engaged in slave trade.
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Print publication date November 2011 (in print)
Print ISBN 9780674052628
EISBN 9780300244748
Illustrations 273
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The Image of the Black in Western Art, Volume IV: From the American Revolution to World War I, Part 1: Slaves and Liberators
This volume in two parts in the series The Image of the Black in Western Art was originally written entirely by one scholar, the distinguished British art historian Hugh Honour (born 1927). It...
The Image of the Black in Western Art, Volume IV: From the American Revolution to World War I, Part 1: Slaves and Liberators
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.

Slaves and Liberators looks at the political implications of the representation of Africans, from the earliest discussions of the morality of slavery, through the rise of abolitionism, to the imposition of European imperialism on Africa. Popular imagery and great works, like Gericault’s Raft of the Medusa and Turner’s Slave Ship, are considered in depth, casting light on widely differing European responses to Africans and their descendants.
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Print publication date May 2012 (in print)
Print ISBN 9780674052598
EISBN 9780300244694
Illustrations 203
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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
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.
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Print publication date November 2010 (in print)
Print ISBN 9780674052567
EISBN 9780300244472
Illustrations 183
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The Image of the Black in Western Art, Volume III: From the “Age of Discovery” to the Age of Abolition, Part 1: Artists of the Renaissance and Baroque
The first possible representation in Britain in the modern age of a black person is to be found in a stained-glass panel of the Adoration of the Magi in the north nave aisle of Great Malvern Priory Church which dates from the late fifteenth century ...
The Image of the Black in Western Art, Volume III: From the “Age of Discovery” to the Age of Abolition, Part 1: Artists of the Renaissance and Baroque
~What distinctive historical circumstances lay behind the European representation of blacks in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries? The first and the most obvious one is the rise of the European slave trade, which began with the Portuguese in the fifteenth century and became of great economic importance to many European countries, especially England and...
The Image of the Black in Western Art, Volume III: From the “Age of Discovery” to the Age of Abolition, Part 1: Artists of the Renaissance and Baroque
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.

The much-awaited Artists of the Renaissance and Baroque has been written by an international team of distinguished scholars, and covers the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The rise of slavery and the presence of black people in Europe irrevocably affected the works of the best artists of the time. Essays on the black Magus and the image of the black in Italy, Spain, and Britain, with detailed studies of Rembrandt and Heliodorus’s Aethiopica, all presented with superb color plates, make this new volume a worthy addition to this classic series.
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Print publication date November 2010 (in print)
Print ISBN 9780674052611
EISBN 9780300244496
Illustrations 193
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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 2: Africans in the Christian Ordinance of the World
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.

Africans in the Christian Ordinance of the World, written by a small team of French scholars, has established itself as a classic in the field of medieval art. The most striking development in this period was the gradual emergence of the black Magus, invariably a figure of great dignity, in the many representations of the Adoration of the Magi by the greatest masters of the time. 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.
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Print publication date November 2010 (in print)
Print ISBN 9780674052581
EISBN 9780300244489
Illustrations 279
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The Image of the Black in Western Art, Volume I: From the Pharaohs to the Fall of the Roman Empire
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.

The new edition of From the Pharaohs to the Fall of the Roman Empire offers a comprehensive look at the fascinating and controversial subject of the representation of black people in the ancient world. Classic essays by distinguished scholars are aptly contextualized by Jeremy Tanner’s new introduction, which guides the reader through enormous changes in the field in the wake of the “Black Athena” story.
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Print publication date November 2010 (in print)
Print ISBN 9780674052710
EISBN 9780300244465
Illustrations 396
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