Have I told you about my crush on Kaiserin Victoria, Empress of Germany?? I don't know if that crush is still present, but I did have one in the past and I suspect I still do. Read on.
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.
I 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?
Time 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 judge
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.
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.
It 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.