Tuesday, May 15, 2018

A Negro

Wife E asked me what left the deepest impression on me, visiting the Iziko Museum at South Africa's oldest wine farm Groot Constantia. I said that the walls were adorned with paintings of wealthy landowners and their families--and various details about them, such as their names. In the midst was a single painting of a Black man, by Jan de Bray, titled "A Negro". Who was he? What did he do? Why was he there? What did he matter? Nobody knows. Iziko Museum explains that he is an "other" -- probably just "an allegory". OBSERVATION: I plan to paint "A Member" and hang it in a Church.

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