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How Black Women Were Whitewashed by Art

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Where are all the beautiful, powerful, black-skinned females from mythology and history? They were erased by Western art, argues Sophia Smith Galer.

By Sophia Smith Galer

BBC, January 16, 2019

 

It’s a complex story – of European racism as well as how useful black biblical figures were to those who wanted to teach religion through art – that helps to explain the absence of black figures in art history. For Michael Ohajuru on his art tours, that’s why it’s all the more important to try and locate the few representations of the black Queen of Sheba and the black Andromeda – and to find out why they disappeared. The huge influence that Western art history has had on our imaginations when it comes to visualising figures from the Bible or classics is arguably one that needs constant interrogation. Under such a lens, Gina Lollobrigida playing the Queen of Sheba in the 1950s or Alexa Devalos playing Andromeda become problematic.

 

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The original Statue of Liberty is a good example of the presence of Black women being whitewashed out of history.

 

 

 

 

 

The original Statue of Liberty that France offered was that of a Black woman holding up her arms with a light to show others the way to America where they could also find freedom.

 



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But America rejected this statue for the more androgynous one we currently have that you can't even tell is a man or woman, lol.

 

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11 hours ago, Delano said:

Its a woman. 

 

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Lol......

Del, would YOU kiss a so-called "woman" who had jaws that square and a nose bridge that strong and prominent?

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18 hours ago, Delano said:

Pioneer a human female is a woman. Your attraction or distraction to her doesn't make her less or more of a woman. 

 

Del, would YOU kiss a so-called "woman" who had jaws that square and a nose bridge that strong and prominent?

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