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Strand, London, WC2R 2LS
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Visible Skin: Rediscovering the Renaissance through Black Portraiture

Visible Skin: Rediscovering the Renaissance through Black Portraiture

Visible Skin: Rediscovering the Renaissance through Black Portraiture’ is a new outdoor exhibition across King’s College London’s Strand Campus opening in September 2021 showcasing artworks by renowned opera singer and broadcaster Peter Brathwaite.

Starting in the first COVID-19 lockdown, the opera singer and BBC broadcaster Peter Brathwaite embarked on a Twitter project as part of the #GettyMuseumChallenge: restaging famous paintings with everyday household objects. Peter restaged works that focused specifically on Black portraiture (#BlackPortraiture) using items from his family’s past, and from his cultural heritage in Barbados and Britain.

A still largely unexplored facet of the Renaissance is the diverse, multicultural European life represented in its art, particularly the representation of Black individuals. Portraits and images of Black people abounded in the Renaissance. They included portraits drawn from life as well as a wider cast of imagined Black identities such as biblical subjects, saints and allegorical figures.

Photographs from this series will be shown in windows across King’s Strand buildings, as part of Westminster City Council’s launch of the Strand Aldwych project, which will transform the traffic dominated gyratory into a new pedestrian-focused destination public space in London.

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