The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore will close their exhibition, “Revealing the African Presence in Renaissance Europe,” this Sunday, January 20, 2013. The exhibition is a thoughtful presentation that blows away some of the misconceptions about the African presence and influence in Europe during this important period.
The Walters’ website offers this brief introduction to the exhibition:
Revealing the African Presence in Renaissance Europe [The exhibit] “invites visitors to explore the roles of Africans and their descendants in Renaissance Europe as revealed in compelling paintings, drawings, sculpture and printed books of the period. Vivid portraits from life both encourage face-to-face encounters with the individuals themselves and pose questions about the challenges of color, class, and stereotypes that this new diversity brought to Europe. Despite the importance of the questions posed for audiences today, this is the first time they have been addressed in a major exhibition. Organized by the Walters, the exhibition opens in Baltimore on October 14 and at the Princeton University Art Museum in February 2013. It will feature about 75 works of art drawn from the Walters, major museums in the U.S. and Europe, and private collections.”
This must-see exhibit is closing, unfortunately, on the eve of Black History Month, in a city with a predominantly African-American population. We only wish the Walters had been able to keep it open another week or two.