Race and Slavery in the Visual Arts

Sarah S. Henrich

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 4/1/2011

Issue: Slavery and Race (Vol. 31, No 2, Spring, 2011)

The depiction of race and color in the visual arts provides striking insights into our cultural understandings of human identity and human worth (especially as determined by others). Since all of us continue to be influenced—more or less consciously—by this artistic history, it is important to step back and examine its grip on our imagination.

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