People of Color in European Art History


  1. Liu Guandao

    Kublai Khan and Attendants on a Hunting Expedition

    China/Mongolian Europe (c. 1280)

    National Palace Museum, Taipei

    Although this blog mainly concerns depiction of people of color that originate in Medieval Europe, it is important to note that during the time the Mongolian Empire stretched well into Europe, influencing art, fashion, politics, commerce, and martial technology.

    The Khan is depicted here with several attendants, a few of which are obviously Black Mongolian Men. Kublai Khan was, unlike his predecessors, a dedicated patron of the art and commissioned many paintings, including the only known portrait of Genghis Khan.

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