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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?

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.