ardatli asked: I've been through your 1500s tag and not found what I needed, so I'm hoping you can point me in the direction of something I've missed. Have you come across any contemporary images of WOC from the 16th cen in middling class -> aristocratic dress? England/France preferably, but I'll take anything you've got! This powerpoint of mine desperately needs some variety on the female side.
Hmmm. I might not have exactly what you’re looking for, but i’ll do my best.
*rubs hands together*
Women of Color!!!! 1500s or as close as possible!!!! European!!! Fancy-Looking Ladies Only!!!! Aaaaand….GO!
1600s, Netherlands (Rubens):
More info at the links. I hope that helps?
I love this post so much…I’m actually crying a little bit. This is literally the very first time I am seeing women who look like me in art I *wish* I could have studied in art school. I am currently in debt from pursuing a degree that is largely indifferent to the history of my people, especially our women. Instead of memorizing and writing essays discussing the same images of the same white people over and over again why couldn’t we have learned about these beautiful renderings? I feel largely betrayed but inspired.
I am so excited to research these works independently and share what I learn with other POCs of all ages. Especially the young ones. I may start teaching again because of this post. This very well may have been just the spark I need to start some bitchin’ fires.