‘Image of the Black’ National Gallery Online Event

Photo credit @ Michael Ohajuru

Discover ‘image of the black’ in National Gallery paintings at an online talk, ahead of the UN’s Anti-Racism Day.

Friday 19 March 2021 starting at 11am

Michael Ohajuru discusses the black presence in The National Gallery‘s collection. Find out how the black presence moves from objects of economic capital to creators of cultural capital – with black people depicted in many forms, from kings and queens, to warriors and servants to performers, musicians and even as an artist.

Often the black presence is explicit; sometimes it is less obvious and needs teasing out. This 1-hour talk, which will be hosted by the National Gallery, on Zoom webinar, seeks to make the black presence in art better known.

Michael Ohajuru is a cultural historian and arts blogger who specialises in the Black African presence in Renaissance Europe. He has a particular interest in the Black Magus in Adoration images from the period. He was a Senior Fellow of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies (2017).

The NFWI and National Gallery partnership has flourished and grown in popularity within the WI membership since 2018. NFWI would like to celebrate this success by opening this event to non-members, as a means of giving members the opportunity to invite and share an exclusive event with friends and family, giving a small taste of what fabulous opportunities can be accessed by becoming a WI member.

Tickets (£5 each) are available to purchase through Eventbrite, please click here to book.

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