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July 2015

On Saturnine Complexions

Submitted by afrocentric on Wed, 22/07/2015 - 09:16

First of all he had an abnormal darkness of complexion, a truly saturnine tint. This darkness was the subject of comment from the first. His mother wrote jokingly to her sister-in-law that she had give birth to a black baby and to a friend in France that 'he was so dark that she was ashamed of him'. Show would send his portrait 'as soon as he is a littler fairer'. But Charles never did become fairer. Later the sobriquet 'the Black Boy' would be used, still commemorated in English inn signs.

Its Official, I am a Sinner

Submitted by afrocentric on Thu, 09/07/2015 - 15:21

I have always been a sucker for pretty jet-complexioned women and I find myself infatuated with this image of the Virgin of Loreto from Římov, in the Czech Republic. She is too pretty to be an image of the Mother of God. I am smitten and I can't lie. She gives me a boner, and that makes me a sinner. What am I supposed to do?

Lady Charlotte Fitzroy and her Indian Page Revisited

Submitted by afrocentric on Mon, 06/07/2015 - 23:53

After engaging in some discussions to put my observations about the significance about black people in European paintings it is so apparent how some people refuse to take a hint and need everything spelt out to them in detail. On account of this have revisited my previous post to make my argument as explicit as I can.