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  1. medievalpoc:

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    heartsalchemy:

    medievalpoc:

    Peter Lely

    Portrait of Elizabeth Murray

    England (c. 1650)

    Oil on canvas, 124 x 119 cm

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    I think I have seen pictures of this before, in high school maybe, but I don’t remember there being a second person before. I seem to remember this image being cropped differently too, which is very disturbing because now that I see the entire painting, the way I remember it being cropped was very clearly and deliberately intended to remove the person holding the tray of flowers.

    Since we’re throwing haymakers at the kyriarchy today, I think this is something that we should really be talking about too, because it happens

    ALL. THE. TIME.

    Level 1: People of Color from Medieval, Renaissance, and other Early Modern European works were often literally painted over in later decades or centuries.

    For example: In this painting, Giulia de’Medici (the child) was painted over in the 19th century:

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    Level 2: It was very fashionable in a lot of 17th and 18th century paintings to have a Black servant featured in portraits of very important historical figures from European History.

    Honestly? They’re practically ubiquitous. A lot of the very famous paintings you’ve seen of European and American historical figures have a Black servant in them that have been cropped out or painted over.

    Those silly stock photos from your American History Professor’s Powerpoint?

    Your Professor’s PowerPoint for “George Washington”:

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    The actual painting:

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    Your professor’s Powerpoint on Jean Chardin:

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    The actual painting:

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    PowerPoint on Maria Henriette Stuart (with some commentary about the Habsburg jaw):

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    Actual Painting:

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    But, because of whitewashed history curricula, teachers and professors continue to use the cropped images because they don’t want their lecture to get “derailed” by a discussion about race.

    These images are also more commonly seen on stock photo sites, including ones for academic use.

    I honestly can’t find anyone really writing about this, or even any analysis on how often the cropped photos are used.

    The reason they are so easy to crop out is because of the the artistic conventions which reflect the power hierarchy:

    Oil paintings of aristocratic families from this period make the point clearly. Artists routinely positioned black people on the edges or at the rear of their canvasses, from where they gaze wonderingly at their masters and mistresses. In order to reveal a ‘hierarchy of power relationships’, they were often placed next to dogs and other domestic animals, with whom they shared, according to the art critic and novelist David Dabydeen, ‘more or less the same status’. Their humanity effaced, they exist in these pictures as solitary mutes, aesthetic foils to their owners’ economic fortunes.

    This is drastically oversimplified, but at least it addresses it directly.

    If anyone knows more on any studies or statistical evidence on this tendency, feel free to add it.

    I just learned things.

    i think about this a lot

    My art history teacher told us about this black crusader who was considered a hero in Europe. He showed us some portraits of him, but after time Europeans began to portray him as a white man in artwork. He also showed us medieval paintings of free black men. He said people think there are no medieval paintings of black people, but there are and they just aren’t shown to or seen by many people.

    I’m glad to hear that your teacher has been trying to incorporate this kind of material into the curriculum. That’s why I try to include as many educational links and resources as I can along with the images-even professional educators can have a hard time finding these artworks and info about them.

    It’s also worth mentioning that part of why I focus on Europe-which is a subject of some valid criticism, considering how little time is usually spent on non-Western cultures in history related classes-is because what MUST be included in U.S. world history education by high schools and colleges is according to strict guidelines that are Eurocentric and/or Western-centric.

    Educators  are often working under pretty strict conditions about what they HAVE to teach you. It’s my hope that by providing a lot of specific examples from eras and artists, professors and high school teachers will be able to make their powerpoints and handouts more representative of the people in the classroom and still stay within the dictates of their department or institution.

    Ideally, world history and art history will become less Western and Euro-centric, but in the meantime while our history education remains the way it is, these materials can help show that history is more diverse than a lot of textbooks would lead you to believe.

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  2. faketual:

Putting a dinosaur does not make up for it Google Chrome

    faketual:

    Putting a dinosaur does not make up for it Google Chrome

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  3. kingsleyyy:

    this hedgehog is cheering for u bc u can do anything image

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  4. rhamphotheca:

Elephants Have 2000 Genes for Smell - Most Ever Found
We’ve long known that African elephants have a great sense of smell—but a new study shows that the large mammals have truly superior schnozzes.
by Christine Dell’Amore
Compared with 13 other mammal species studied, African elephants have the most genes related to smell: 2,000.
That’s the most ever discovered in an animal—more than twice the number of olfactory genes in domestic dogs and five times more than in humans, who have about 400, according to research published July 22 in the journal Genome Research. The previous record-holder was rats, which have about 1,200 genes dedicated to smell.
Why so many? “We don’t know the real reason,” study leader Yoshihito Niimura, a molecular evolutionist at the University of Tokyo, said by email. But it’s likely related to the importance of smell to the poorly sighted African elephant in interpreting and navigating its environment…
(read more: National Geographic)
photograph by João Nuno Gonçalves

    rhamphotheca:

    Elephants Have 2000 Genes for Smell - Most Ever Found

    We’ve long known that African elephants have a great sense of smell—but a new study shows that the large mammals have truly superior schnozzes.

    by Christine Dell’Amore

    Compared with 13 other mammal species studied, African elephants have the most genes related to smell: 2,000.

    That’s the most ever discovered in an animal—more than twice the number of olfactory genes in domestic dogs and five times more than in humans, who have about 400, according to research published July 22 in the journal Genome ResearchThe previous record-holder was rats, which have about 1,200 genes dedicated to smell.

    Why so many? “We don’t know the real reason,” study leader Yoshihito Niimura, a molecular evolutionist at the University of Tokyo, said by email. But it’s likely related to the importance of smell to the poorly sighted African elephant in interpreting and navigating its environment…

    (read more: National Geographic)

    photograph by João Nuno Gonçalves

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  5. How to Make a Man Cry During Sex (Photo Album)
  6. wnyc:

OMG MARRY ME
—Sean, Sideshow

    wnyc:

    OMG MARRY ME

    —Sean, Sideshow

  7. laughingsquid:

Beetles Kill Los Angeles Pine Tree Memorial to Beatle George Harrison
  8. gallifreyan-gallimaufry:

leda74:

therothwoman:

beowulfstits-archive:

I want to go to this exact point and run around it saying “I’m in Sweden!” I’m in Finland!” “I’m in Norway!” until I get tired
i aspire to great things in life

According to Google Maps, that point is in the middle of a small lake.

So we’ll do it in January when it’s frozen.

actually that’s why they’ve helpfully dropped a big-ass cement block with a bridge surrounding it in the middle of the lake: for the express purpose of doing what OP aspires to do

    gallifreyan-gallimaufry:

    leda74:

    therothwoman:

    beowulfstits-archive:

    I want to go to this exact point and run around it saying “I’m in Sweden!” I’m in Finland!” “I’m in Norway!” until I get tired

    i aspire to great things in life

    According to Google Maps, that point is in the middle of a small lake.

    So we’ll do it in January when it’s frozen.

    actually that’s why they’ve helpfully dropped a big-ass cement block with a bridge surrounding it in the middle of the lake: for the express purpose of doing what OP aspires to do

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  9. fuckyeahadventuretimegifs:

This bombastic embroidery hoop would look algebraic hanging on your wall. It would also make a totally math gift for your best homie.
Find it here

    fuckyeahadventuretimegifs:

    This bombastic embroidery hoop would look algebraic hanging on your wall. It would also make a totally math gift for your best homie.

    Find it here

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  10. darksideofthemoon007:

    littlemissdowney-jr:

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    hunter-heart:

    #ok im not even in the doctor who fandom but i must reblog this i cant

    for some reason I’m not afraid of weeping angels anymore

    omFg I a m cRY

    This makes me look at these things in a whole different light.

    #what happens when you blink

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  11. sub-sequent:

    happiest:

    do u ever wonder if anyone else in the world is listening to the exact same song as you and on the exact same lyric as you 

    no.. I am already familiar with the concept of FM radio

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  12. And how hard is it to land even a minimum-wage job? This year, the Ivy League college admissions acceptance rate was 8.9%. Last year, when Walmart opened its first store in Washington, D.C., there were more than 23,000 applications for 600 jobs, which resulted in an acceptance rate of 2.6%, making the big box store about twice as selective as Harvard and five times as choosy as Cornell. Telling unemployed people to get off their couches (or out of the cars they live in or the shelters where they sleep) and get a job makes as much sense as telling them to go study at Harvard.
  13. oatmeal:

    Bonus panel version here.