Sonoma art professor tackles race

The Sistine Chapel in the Vatican museum in Rome, Italy, on Aug. 19, 2007. Photo: Jean-Luc Petit / Gamma-Rapho / Getty Images, Jean-Luc Petit / Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images I love old dead white guy art so much, I got a Ph.D. in the subject.

But even though I adore the Sistine Chapel and the sumptuous oils of Titian, I know that these artworks aren’t free from the all-too-human problem of racism. The Sistine Chapel employs anti-Semitic imagery. Titian slots Black figures into servile roles. These are just two of countless examples, but we rarely mention these issues. Instead, we […]


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