Darker Shades

The Racial Other in Early Modern Art

Victor I. Stoichita

Darker Shades

Victor I. Stoichita

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240 pages | 70 color plates, 7 halftones | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2019
Cloth $40.00 ISBN: 9781789140569 Published August 2019 For sale in North and South America only
Difference exists; otherness is constructed. This book asks how important Western artists, from Giotto to Titian and Caravaggio, and from Bosch to Dürer and Rembrandt, shaped the imaging of non-Western individuals in early modern art. Victor I. Stoichita’s nuanced and detailed study examines images of racial otherness during a time of new encounters of the West with different cultures and peoples, such as those with dark skins: Muslims and Jews. Featuring a host of informative illustrations and crossing the disciplines of art history, anthropology, and postcolonial studies, Darker Shades also reconsiders the Western canon’s most essential facets: perspective, pictorial narrative, composition, bodily proportion, beauty, color, harmony, and lighting. What room was there for the “Other,” Stoichita would have us ask, in such a crystalline, unchanging paradigm?
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