Vortrag Cécile Fromont
von 18:15 bis 20:00
Envisioning Cross-Cultural Knowledge in Capuchin Images of Kongo and Angola
In this talk, Cécile Fromont considers the images Franciscan Capuchin friars created and used as part of their missionary activities in Kongo and Angola between 1650 and 1750. Placing the prints and watercolors within their artistic, scientific, and religious context, she discusses their status as medium of cross-cultural knowledge creation and communication. They were, she argues, not mere documents about Africa experienced by Europeans but also vivid traces of central African men's and women's contribution to the cross-cultural dialogues that led to their very creation.
Prof. Céline Fromont
Cécile Fromont is an assistant professor in Art History and the College at the University of Chicago. She writes and teaches about the visual and material culture of Africa and Latin America with a special emphasis on the early modern period (ca 1500-1800) and on the Portuguese-speaking Atlantic World (in particular Kongo, Angola, and Brazil). Her first book, The Art of Conversion: Christian Visual Culture in the Kingdom of Kongo was published in December 2014 by the University of North Carolina Press for the Omohundro Institute for Early American History.