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August 2015

The Road to Württemberg

Submitted by afrocentric on Mon, 31/08/2015 - 12:47

This is the painting which led me to Fleur. It features a pretty servant in the painting of Friedrich Ludwig, Crown Prince of Württemberg and his wife Henriette Marie of Brandenburg-Schwedt, 1716, by Antoine Pesne (1683-1757). I don't know what attracted my attention to Fleur. I was trying to look it up for some more background info which would explain the servant and found myself looking at picture for Fleur. Do I have a thing for brunettes, or is just my imagination?

Deepa and Diya - Life Imitating Art

Submitted by afrocentric on Fri, 28/08/2015 - 00:10

Deepa Face Close Up 01
Every now and then you see a living person who looks just like the people depicted in ancient art, and I find it so quaint, even when the art appears stylized. I said appears because there was an occasion when I chanced across two Indian women who looked so much like figures from some Indian art styles it was uncanny.

Not One Black Boy, but Two!!

Submitted by afrocentric on Wed, 05/08/2015 - 17:46

Louise de Kerouaille, Jacques d'Agar - Thumbnail
I don't think this painting leaves any doubt about its intent. A black boy holding up a crown beneath what looks like the outstretched leg of the King's mistress, and 'pointing through the hole' so to speak. Add a second black boy to the mix, spying on from behind the pillar, and it becomes all too much for the delicate sensibilities of white folks to bear.

Jamaica's most beautiful white woman

Submitted by afrocentric on Wed, 05/08/2015 - 17:04

Jacqueline, Motherland Journey

If the situation were reversed, such as in Africa example, this woman would be a white woman under the one drop rule. She is of 72% African ancestry and 28% European ancestry. Ghanaians or Jamaicans if they insisted could have beauty contests for the most beautiful white woman in their country and she would easily win.

This reflects the nonsense of labeling mixed race people as black when it comes to beauty contests in America and Europe. Even if in terms of social identity some people are classified as black it doesn't make sense in contests regarding physical traits.