S. Ross Browne
Ummm…I am so VERY into this right now!
But Black people in period or fantasy settings totally makes the stories unreal.
Also holy shit I love these.
How come I don’t run across this stuff regularly?
Because of racism and the retroactive erasure of POC in Medieval Europe. Pretty much the same reason you almost never see these works of art either unless you’re already looking for them:
almost all of those pictures are recognisably early modern tho
i mean yeah there’s an amphora and a couple of classical-looking statues in the collage one but apart from that they look late-c15th at most like
it’s a gr8 bunch of artworks but it doesn’t look medieval sry
you know, I’m fucking sick and tired of people thinking I don’t know what I’m talking about. Did you notice that the DATE 1744 is right ON one of the paintings I posted? Or maybe that a few of the “paintings” are actually urns and sculptures that date well before the Medieval era? I swear to fucking god you people
Koninklijke Bibliotheek Den Haag Hours of the Virgin: Sext
Heironymus Bosch circa 1490s
Armorial de Gelre 1370 –1414
Gaudenzio Ferrari circa 1480s
Mostaert, circa 1480s or 90s
portrait of Alessandro de Medici, 1530s
Armorial of Gelre 1370-1395
Anonymous Adoration of the Magi c. 1450
Jean, Duc de Berry, about 1410
The first introduction to black people in the ‘Low Countries’ almost certainly occured between AD 200 and 500 when black Africans came to the region in the service of Roman armies.
Research at the University of Newcastle has revealed that black Romans were found in all ranks of the army and that most Roman armies were multi-ethnic. Some Roman emperors, such as Septimius Severus (145-211), were North African in origin. Severus probably marched through the Low Countries with his army in 209 and died in England in 211.
While he may not have been a black African himself, the Historia Augusta does mention a black Ethiopian who served in his army in England. Objects on which black Romans are depicted have also been found in England, although not in the Netherlands as far as is known.
In later Netherlandish art there are certainly many representations of black Romans and black Roman emperors.
The following phase in European history, the Middle Ages, is considerably more important in establishing the roles and image of black people at courts. From the eight century onwards there was a real danger that the Moors, or Muslims, who included many blacks amongst their numbers, would conquer and colonise Europe. They proved formidable opponents.
In subsequent centuries the Moors held sway over the Iberian peninsula, Sicily and Corsica. Both negative and positive representations of black people appear in northern European art and literature from this period of Moorish threat and conquest. Initially these images were chiefly negative, as in the Spiegel Historiaelby Jacob van Maerlant from circa 1330. ( picture Charlemagne )
Positive representations of black people were inspired by the crusaders’ discovery of Christian Ethiopians living in Jerusalem.
When it further emerged that both Ethiopia and Nubia were ruled by Christian kings who were also fighting the Muslims, European crusaders and potentates became increasingly interested in these two lands, believing that they had finally found strong black Christian allies to help them against the Moors.
This idea persisted in art. In Les Très Riches Heures du Jean Duc de Berry(c. 1416) for example, an illumination by the Limburg brothers features three realistic black monks at the foot of the holy cross.
In case you didn’t know, black history started before slavery
This is pretty cool
Just a reminder:
When Prophet Muhammad (sallahu alayhi wa sallam) was travelling on the road with his cousin, Al-Fadl ibn Abbas, a woman stopped him to ask him a question. The woman was very beautiful, and Al-Fadl couldn’t help but stare at her.
Seeing this, Prophet Muhammad reached out his hand and turned his cousin’s face away.
He didn’t tell the woman to cover her face.
He didn’t tell her to change her clothing.
He didn’t tell her that her appearance was too tempting or indecent.
He averted his cousin’s impolite stare.
She’s programmed with the most tragic back-story ever.
The one day, she didn’t do a perimeter check…
Her wedding day.
What is this?
Wreck-it-ralph…one of my new fav disney flicks