The Holy Roman Emperor, His Daughter-in-Law, and their Soudanese Descendants

Submitted by Carlos Quinto on Wed, 21/11/2018 - 16:00
I am not sure what to title this post. The original title I had in mind was Maria Dorothea of Württemberg, Archduchess of Austria, and her Soudanese Descendants. (note the Soudanese, sheer pretension), but when I saw the resemblance Junior bore to Leopold Snr. I had to include the Holy Roman Emperor as well. You know Leopold has always been my main man. I have a pic of an interesting tapestry of his grandfather Leopold I lost somewhere in the junk I have around me. Hopefully I will find it and display it to you one of these days. Now I don't know whether the title should be The Holy Roman Emperor, His Daughter-in-Law, and their Soudanese Descendants or Leopold, Maria Dorothea and their Sudanese Descendants, but you will know when you are reading this.

Pearls, Coral, Royal Patronage and Cross-Dressing Page Boys

Submitted by afrocentric on Sun, 18/11/2018 - 01:40
The Two Page Boys?

Something about Pierre Mignard's painting of Louise de Keroualle featuring the negro girl has never sat well with me.

To put it blankly, it seems that the painter didn't care much about expressing her femininity,with her hair so short, uncoiffed and not wearing earrings (for us Africans, girls must wear earrings). Well the mystery seems to have been solved. It is really about the pearls and coral she profers to Louise de Keroualle.

Joseph and Mary

Submitted by afrocentric on Fri, 02/11/2018 - 13:20

JosephI came across this interesting painting some time ago, years actually, and I have always wanted to make a blog post about it.

It is the theme of black people appearing in paintings of as heraldic symbols, or as reflecting the true nature or history of the subjects, their ancestors and even their benefactors.

It is a painting of young Joseph II (I think) of Austria, with a page girl in a blue robe. It could be Joseph 1 though. A young future emperor with a page girl? Didn't he have a page boy?

What did he get up to with his page girl? Exercise his imperial prerogatives?

Dagmar and Donata

Submitted by Carlos Quinto on Tue, 23/10/2018 - 23:00

Maria Feodorovna (Dagmar of Sweden), Empress of RussiaTime transcending similarities, in appearance, manners and socio-cultural attitudes. Are the attitudes expressly passed on, or are they inherited via psychic osmosis? You be the judgeDonata of Mecklenburg

Hairstyles, Self Assurance and Deep Composure Within the Aristocracy

Submitted by rchurch on Thu, 01/03/2018 - 16:48

My Most Gracious Queen, Elizabeth, it has come to my attention that lots of our women display so much hair related security, and this is even more worrying when said women are of noble and aristocratic background.The latest on this list, I am sad to say, is none other than our future granddaughter-in-law, Meghan.
In one of her recent public appearances, the young lady was raising her hand to her face and tossing her head as though her very life dependent on it and I couldn't understand why.

Smiling Queens

Submitted by afrocentric on Mon, 04/12/2017 - 00:00

Alek Wek - SmilingElizabeth II Smiling
Has anyone noticed that Queen Elizabeth bears an eensie, weensie, fleeeeting resemblance to one Alek Wek of modelling renown? Not that I am saying that our royal family may be of some South Sudanese descent, just a point to note.

How many Negroes does one see in this painting - Part 2?

Submitted by afrocentric on Sun, 20/11/2016 - 23:52

Essien and Hidden NegroIt has been a long time, getting on to 3 years and I apologize for that, but here is the answer and the pic to go with it.

There are three negroes in the painting. The groom handling the horse is one, and the other two are in Queen Anne's dress. I know it looks farfetched, but us Afrocentrics have a way of seeing images and signs of black people in all kinds of scenes, just as Christians and Muslims have a habit of seeing images of Jesus and Islamic inscriptions in all kinds of scenes.

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