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Joaneath Spicer: Revealing the African Presence in Renaissance Europe

The painted portrait as a subject for art first came to prominence in the Renaissance. Thinking about qualities pertaining to the portrayal of blacks in the Renaissance can serve to reconsider qualities in portraiture today that we might otherwise take for granted.

Dr. Joaneath Spicer, Curator of Renaissance and Baroque Art at the Walters Art Museum.


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