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Unformatted text preview: James Andreoli ARLT 100 Renaissance Sean Roberts Assn #2 Black Africans in the Renaissance When pondering the Renaissance, a topic that usually fails to emerge is race. Does it actually play a role in the Renaissance significant enough to be noted or is merely just a side- note? Many scholars offer differing viewpoints as to the actual importance of race in the Renaissance. In Black Africans in the Renaissance, by Kate Lowe, she as well as several other scholars support the claim that “‘Blackness’ proved a slippery concept for Europeans who already believed that…dark-skinned [was] less than ideal” (Lowe 11). This illustrates one view that race played a significant role in the Renaissance and that it played out through some obvious racism throughout the Renaissance art and literature that can be studied today by scholars. In John Brackett’s essay “Race and Rulership: Alessandro de’Medici, First Duke of Florence”, Brackett asserts that race played a “generalized but also occasional [role] in Italian society based...
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- Spring '07
- renaissance, black africans, Renaissance Sean Roberts Assn, John Brackett