Exhibition

Balthazar: A Black African King in Medieval and Renaissance Art

19 Nov 2019 – 16 Feb 2020

Regular hours

Tuesday
10:00 – 17:30
Wednesday
10:00 – 17:30
Thursday
10:00 – 17:30
Friday
10:00 – 17:30
Saturday
10:00 – 21:00
Sunday
10:00 – 17:30

Cost of entry

FREE

The Getty Center

Los Angeles
California, United States

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Early medieval legends reported that one of the three kings who paid homage to the newborn Christ Child in Bethlehem was from Africa. But it would be nearly one thousand years before artists began representing Balthazar, the youngest of the magi, as a black African. This exhibition explores the juxtaposition of a seemingly positive image with the difficult histories of Afro-European contact—in particular the brutal African slave trade—which informed European artists’ interest in representing race.

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