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Bruce Boucher
 
Boucher, Bruce
Boucher, Bruce
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Description: The Image of the Black in Western Art, Volume III: From the “Age of...
This chapter is concerned with the way in which courtly fantasies involving blacks and Africa were absorbed and adapted by the increasingly self-confident urban populations emerging in the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, in London and Paris in particular. If the court remained the dominant cultural force in Italy, in Germany (whether Catholic or Protestant principalities), and in...
Description: The Image of the Black in Western Art, Volume III: From the “Age of...
The eighteenth-century European court inherited from its predecessors a rich vein of fantasy, expressed in a continuum from extravagantly painted allegorical ceilings to ceremonial activities that involved the ruler and his family and attendants in a theatricality that transformed even the most mundane aspects of life. Almost all of this theatricality could involve the presence of blacks, either...
Description: The Image of the Black in Western Art, Volume III: From the “Age of...
It is by the finest tints, and most insensible gradations, that nature descends from the fairest face about St. James’s, to the sootiest complexion in Africa: at which tint of these, is it, that the ties of blood are to cease? And how many shades must we descend lower still in the scale, ‘ere Mercy is to vanish with them?—but ‘tis no uncommon thing, my good Sancho, for one...