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Revealing the black presences in the National Collection
There is a black presence in many of the works in the National Gallery’s collection.
That presence takes many different forms; blacks are depicted as kings, as slaves, as servants, as saints and sometime just as people.
In the Black Presence Tours each piece is considered from two distinct viewpoints. First as work of art in its own right in the national collection, beginning by looking at its genre, its artist and their technique and how they together inform the composition. Then secondly revealing the black presence and what it meant at
the time the picture was painted. Each tour will be one hour thirty minutes.