Portrait of an African travels to Sao Paulo
31 August 2018
Afro-Atlantic Histories is a joint exhibition between the Museum of Art Sao Paulo and the Tomie Ohtake Institute. It explores the ‘ebbs and flows’ of the relationship between Africa and the Americas. The exhibition includes 450 works by 214 artists. The works date from the 16th to 21st centuries. Works are on loan from museums and galleries around the world, including the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The exhibition runs from 28 June to 21 October 2018. It concludes a year of talks, publications and events on the theme.
Portrait of an African
The painting depicts Ignatius Sancho (1729-80). It was painted in around 1758. Eighteenth century society portraiture was beyond the reach of all but the wealthy. Sancho was one of the few Africans portrayed as an individual rather than as a slave or servant. According to Sancho’s biographer, he was born on a slave ship and brought to England as a child. A reproduction of Portrait of an African currently features in Bedwyr Williams’ work ‘Phizogs’, in RAMM’s Queen Street foyer.