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Re: Visions

Artists, aristocrats, diplomats, slaves and saints...they appear in more than 70 works that comprise ”Revealing the African Presence in Renaissance Europe” at The Walters Art Museum. In portraying Africans and their descendants, these paintings, drawings, sculptures and books reflect an era of enlightened diversity. The powerful sat for the likes of Rubens, Veronese and Bronzino, the less important for artists intrigued by their dignity or exotic grace.

Maria Salviate de’ Medici and the young Giulia de’ Medici posed for this Jacopo de Pontormo portrait circa 1537. The little girl, granddaughter of a de’ Medici cardinal and a slave, may be the first formal portrait of a child of African ancestry in European art.

Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St., 410.547.9000, www.thewalters.org