People of Color in European Art History


  1. Marten van Mytens III
Portrait of a Young Black Man in Eastern European Livery
Vienna (c. 1750)
oil on canvas
Height: 190.5 cm (75 in)Width: 114.5 cm (45 in)
Artist: Swedish painter of portraits, miniatures, and enamels. He studied painting with his father in Stockholm until 1714, when he left to continue his education in Holland, England, and France; there he studied enamel painting in Paris with Boit. He painted portraits for the courts in Paris, Dresden, and Vienna, where he was named court painter in 1759 and director of the Academy.
The Image of the Black in Western Art Research Project and Photo Archive, W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, Harvard University

    Marten van Mytens III

    Portrait of a Young Black Man in Eastern European Livery

    Vienna (c. 1750)

    oil on canvas

    Height: 190.5 cm (75 in)
    Width: 114.5 cm (45 in)

    Artist: Swedish painter of portraits, miniatures, and enamels. He studied painting with his father in Stockholm until 1714, when he left to continue his education in Holland, England, and France; there he studied enamel painting in Paris with Boit. He painted portraits for the courts in Paris, Dresden, and Vienna, where he was named court painter in 1759 and director of the Academy.

    The Image of the Black in Western Art Research Project and Photo Archive, W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, Harvard University