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Author: Alex Bontemps

Title: Seeing slavery

Subtitle: How paintings make words look different

Journal: Common-Place: The Interactive Journal of Early American Life

Volume: 1

Issue: 4

Year: July 2001

Pages: -

ISSN: 1544-824X – Find a Library: Open Access Journal

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 18th Century | American History: U.S. History | Offenders: Slave Masters; Representations: Art / 18th-Century Art; Types: Interracial Sexual Abuse, Slave Sexual Abuse; Victims: Slaves


Link: Common-Place (Free Access)


Author: Arna Bontemps, School of Social Transformation, Arizona State University

Abstract: »As part of a roundtable discussion entitled "Representing Slavery," notes that "the images that have come down to us from the colonial era, particularly the colonial South, almost uniformly reflect a slave-owning perspective." For the most part, colonial paintings glorified white subjects and placed blacks in subservient positions and postures. However, a few exceptions exist in which blacks have more prominent roles, including the anonymous Virginia Luxuries depiction of the sexual and physical abuse of slaves, The Old Plantation painting of a slave celebration, and the dignified portrait of black Revolutionary spy James Armistead Lafayette by John B. Martin.« (Source: America: History and Life)

Wikipedia: History of the Americas: History of the United States | Slavery: Slavery in the United States / Treatment of slaves in the United States