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'Black But Human': Slavery and Visual Arts in Hapsburg Spain, 1480-1700
Contributor(s): Fracchia, Carmen (Author)

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ISBN: 0198767978     ISBN-13: 9780198767978
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
OUR PRICE: $118.75  

Binding Type: Hardcover - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: December 2019
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- History | Europe - Spain & Portugal
- History | Modern - 16th Century
- Art | History - General
Dewey: 704.949
LCCN: 2019937509
Physical Information: 0.9" H x 6.3" W x 9.3" L (1.35 lbs) 250 pages
- Chronological Period - 16th Century
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Publisher Description:
'Black but Human' is the first study to focus on the visual representations of African slaves and ex-slaves in Spain during the Hapsburg dynasty. The Afro-Hispanic proverb 'Black but Human' is the main thread of the six chapters and serves as a lens through which to explore the ways in which a
certain visual representation of slavery both embodies and reproduces hegemonic visions of enslaved and liberated Africans, and at the same time provides material for critical and emancipatory practices by Afro-Hispanics themselves.

The African presence in the Iberian Peninsula between the late fifteenth century and the end of the seventeenth century was as a result of the institutionalization of the local and transatlantic slave trades. In addition to the Moors, Berbers and Turks born as slaves, there were approximately two
million enslaved people in the kingdoms of Castile, Aragon and Portugal. The 'Black but Human' topos that emerges from the African work songs and poems written by Afro-Hispanics encodes the multi-layered processes through which a black emancipatory subject emerges and a 'black nation' forges a
collective resistance. It is visually articulated by Afro-Hispanic and Spanish artists in religious paintings and in the genres of self-portraiture and portraiture. This extraordinary imagery coexists with the stereotypical representations of African slaves and ex-slaves by Spanish sculptors,
engravers, jewellers, and painters mainly in the religious visual form and by European draftsmen and miniaturists, in their landscape drawings and sketches for costume books.

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