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.
Europe is losing her head. She needs a queen - a Sanguine Queen.
A proper Europa, that will help her get herself together.
Perhaps not just one, perhaps two, three, however many it takes.
What's it with our women anyway? I've been away from a while and when I return the women seem to be having with our royal Habsbourgeois features. What is going on? Even the Queen of England herself seems to be displaying some insecurities about this, and she is quite the pretty lady too. This is too much for me to bear. I need to blog about this.
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.
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.
Consider how Philip II of Spain and the page boy would look in profile, and how Martin I of Aragon compares with the heads on the other black and white photo below and ask yourself why some of the later Kings of Aragon would want to identify themselves with Moors the predecessors decapitated. It just doesn't add up.
Am I the only one to have noticed that the crowns on the head of the Moorish Kings are identical to the one on the Christian king? Were these Moors actually Muslims or were they Christians, or were they Moors who switched over to the to Christian side? This doesn't add up and it so obvious that one has to wonder why no one seems to have noticed it and mentioned it earlier. As they saying goes if you repeat something often enough people get to believe it even if it doesn't make sense.
The portrayal of Queen Charlotte as a true black woman, rather than the white woman with visibly negroid features she is usually portrayed as comes as a surprise, and the complexion displayed could be a device to highlight her black roots. There are those though, who believe that she was dark-complexioned enough to be described as black rather than mixed race. I'll grant her complexion may have been that of a mixed race, but I believe the physiognomy depicted in the painting are her true features.
Sir Peter Lely's portrait of Charlotte Fitzroy, Charles II daughter by Barbara Villiers features a brown complexioned boy described as an Indian Page Boy. SMH. Albino art historians, experts, scholars etc or so in such denial its not even funny.
I had been looking for some pictures of Isabella of Austria, wound up at kleio.org, and came across some pictures of Margaret of Austria, Isabella's aunt. Despite the usual white complexion a lot of the Habsburgs are portrayed in, the negroid features are very evident and I decide
So you think considering Leopold II to be a brother is taking things too far.
Compare him with Paul Boateng here (Baron, I should add).
In our day and age we are Black and Proud and have no need for powdered wigs and faces.
Take a good look and tell me Leopold II wasn't a brother. Of course he was
As one goes through life one makes observations, sometimes they are fleeting and other times they stay with you for a while, then you put them aside.