There is a black presence in many of the works in the National Gallery’s collection.
That presence takes many different forms; blacks are depicted as kings, as slaves, as servants, as saints and sometime just as people.
In the Black Presence Tours each piece is considered from two distinct viewpoints. First as work of art in its own right in the national collection, beginning by looking at its genre, its artist and their technique and how they together inform the composition. Then secondly revealing the black presence and what it meant at
the time the picture was painted. Each tour will be one hour thirty minutes.
There are three Black Presence tours:
21/4/17 Introduction to Black Presence in National Gallery
28/4/17 Origin and Presence of The Black Magi
5/5/17 Black Slaves and Servants in the National Gallery
11.00-12.30, meet in the Sainsbury Wing entrance to the National Gallery
Delivered by Michael Ohajuru, retired physicist, and art historian with a special interest in and knowledge of the Black Presence in Renaissance Europe.
NB £36 for the series or £15 per session. Please email me if you would like to be booked on individual sessions at Mariska@arthistoricallondon.com, or book for the series online.