Netherlandish Book of Hours (use of Rome)
f. 86v: Adoration of the Magi; border of Children Playing Games
Belgium (c. 1510)
Illuminated Manuscript, 14 x 10 cm.
Syracuse University Library
Anonymous Italian Jeweler
Cameo with Bust of a Black Man
Italy (18th Century)
Banded Jasper, Gold setting, 48 x 34 mm.
Fabian de Montjoye, [x] [x]
att. Kano Domi
Namban Byobu (detail): A Portuguese Merchant and a Japanese Noble Confer
Edo period, Japan (c. 1590-1600)
[x] [x] [x]
A survey of the literature suggests that media representations of ethnic minorities have been politically motivated by white ideology and it has explored methods that have been proposed as strategies for undermining this cultural dominance.
The struggle for control of representation is a crucial one, as representation does not merely reflect reality ‘as it is’, but forms that reality in the social environment by shaping perceptions and understandings in the audience.
As such it is imperative that research continues to interrogate representation with a critical eye, in order to develop new, radical methods of representation.
However, whilst inequalities prevail in representation, it is important to examine how individuals make sense of, and utilise existing representations in the construction of their identities.
Unknown German Artist
Germany (c. 1506)
Silver, Gold Plate, Gemstones, 51.8 cm.
laughingmad reblogged your post La Moreneta: The Virgin of Montserrat … and added:
When I had come to visit the monastery this statue is in, the tour guide just said they painted her black because
“people touching the statue was darkening the skin.” He hadn’t ever mentioned Black Madonnas or anything like that, which is kind of depressing.
I mean, we were inches from the statue and the first time I hear about this stuff is months later on tumblr.
There are hundreds of European Black Madonnas. One of the oldest is The Black Madonna of Częstochowa, which is maintained to have originally been by Saint Luke.
As I mentioned in the article, there are as many stories about “how” they became Black, most of which involve, predictably, some form of “they got dirty”. :| There are even some cases where there were attempts to repaint them white. (Luckily trying to paint over encaustic-wax icons doesn’t generally work very well).
A roundup of Black Madonnas and their symbols, meaning, and further academic reading on the topic can be found here.All posts on Black Madonnas can be found in the tag.
I also have some more posts on some very beautiful Black Madonnas queued up for this week.