Allegory of Africa and America

Cornelis Poppe

Allegory of Africa and America

Germany (early 1600s)

Mother of Pearl and Gilt Bronze: Nautilus. Mother of pearl shell with incised decoration, carried by a black man wearing a tobacco leaf skirt and standing on the shell of a tortoise, depicting the allegory of Africa (on a crocodile) and of America (riding on an armadillo).

Genéve, Musée d’Art et d’Histoire.

The Image of the Black in Western Art Research Project and Photo Archive, W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, Harvard University



Seated Figure of a Nude Black Woman Bedecked With Jewels

Anonymous Italian Artist

Seated Figure of a Nude Black Woman Bedecked With Jewels

Italy (c. 1500s)

Dark ambergris, gold, enamel, pearls; H: 11.4 cm.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art., Department of European Sculpture & Decorative Arts.

The Image of the Black in Western Art Research Project and Photo Archive, W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, Harvard University



Digital Zero is here! The Freer|Sackler Galleries at the…













Digital Zero is here!

The Freer|Sackler Galleries at the Smithsonian have launched their high-resolution Digitization project, and the images are now available at their website. To learn more about the project, give feedback, or get involved, check their Digitization blog. For those who want to beef up their academic resume: they need both beta testers and transcribers!

Certificate in World Art History: Education at the Smithsonian…











Certificate in World Art History: Education at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC

Starting this year, The Smithsonian is offering a certificate in World Art History that you can earn through registering for and attending short sessions of classes taught by art historians working in connection with the museum.

These aren’t free, however. There is a $25 fee for registering for the certificate program, and in addition, the ticket prices for the visits to the exhibits, which can be around $90-$130, depending on whether or not you are a Member.

The focus does appear to remain on Western art and history, although the classes currently listed include a few on non-Western art.

Smithsonian: Freer and Sackler Galleries of Asian Art to Release…



















Smithsonian: Freer and Sackler Galleries of Asian Art to Release Complete Digitized Collection Jan. 1, 2015

The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the Smithsonian’s museums of Asian art, will release their entire collections online Jan. 1, 2015, providing unprecedented access to one of the world’s most important holdings of Asian and American art. The vast majority of the 40,000 artworks have never before been seen by the public, and more than 90 percent of the images will be in high resolution and without copyright restrictions for noncommercial use.

“We’re poised at a digital tipping point, and the nature of what it means to be a museum is changing,” said Julian Raby, the Dame Jillian Sackler Director of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and Freer Gallery of Art. “We strive to promote the love and study of Asian art, and the best way we can do so is to free our unmatched resources to inspire appreciation, academic study and artistic creation.”

The museum’s masterpieces range in time from the Neolithic to the present day, featuring especially fine groupings of Chinese jades and bronzes, Islamic art, Chinese paintings and masterworks from ancient Persia. Currently, the collection boasts 1,806 American art objects, 1,176 ancient Egyptian objects, 2,076 ancient Near Eastern objects, 10,424 Chinese objects, 2,683 Islamic objects, 1,213 South and Southeast Asian objects and smaller groupings of Korean, Armenian, Byzantine, Greek and Roman works. In addition, the Freer Study Collection—more than 10,000 objects used by scholars around the world for scientific research and reference—will be viewable for the first time.

A Happy New Year to come, indeed! The high-resolution images are not up yet, but I think we can all look forward to seeing better images of artworks like the ones above in their full glory.

I have a great deal of Adoration of the Magi paintings queued up as a sort of seasonal thing,…

I have a great deal of Adoration of the Magi paintings queued up as a sort of seasonal thing, although I do post them all the time because I enjoy them (and the Adoration is one of the most-painted scenes in European Art History, period).

I’m also working on some Best of 2014 Masterposts, and if there’s something in particular you’d like to see, feel free to send a message (Fiction Week Masterpost/Reading List is already happening, just so you know). You can read the Best of 2013 Masterposts here!

New Medievalpoc Print Shop at RedBubble! Thanks to my amazing…











New Medievalpoc Print Shop at RedBubble!

Thanks to my amazing Patrons, I’ve been able to reach another Patreon goal and format some of your favorite artworks for printing! As requested, I’ve included works featuring Individuals and Portraits, Medieval Reactions, and Large Works and Religious Paintings. I will be adding more designs and availability throughout this coming week.

Right now as a launch special, I’ve manually lowered the price so you can get the full center panel of Hieronymus Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights (sans logo or text of any kind) on every product Redbubble will print on, nearly at cost.

Getting these massive files ready for commercial printing has been a complex and time-consuming task, and although I feel I have been quite meticulous about the quality of each print file, please let me know if there are any problems. Some of them can lose a bit of vibrancy when printed onto fabric mediums. T-shirts are printed in CMYK, and if you’d like to see some of the specs and photos on that, check out this link.

Additionally, I’ve put links in the descriptions for each work where you can get your own high-resolution image file and make your own prints, if you’d rather do that. This shop is for those who don’t have the time and/or resources to make printable files on their own, and would rather purchase them already made. All of these works are Public Domain, and you can do whatever you like with them!