Black Mediterranean/ Mediterraneo Nero - Artistic Encounters and Counter-narratives / Incontri artistici e contronarrazioni seeks to call the field’s attention to the role played by the African continent in shaping Mediterranean aesthetics during the early modern period (14th - 17th centuries). Projects will include the reception of antiquity in the modern era (a major topic for the African countries that had been part of the Roman empire) and the reception and impact of artworks, crafts and practices of the early modern period created within the Eurafrica space on the modern and contemporary world. Critically revisiting the histories and historiographies of the Mediterranean and placing it as the medial space for artistic interactions, while also focusing on the north-south meridians of longitude, Mediterraneo Nero will capitalize on I Tatti's location in Italy to provide the perfect setting for art historians and cultural historians to address forgotten Afro-Mediterranean narratives. As the project advances, it will build a network among regions and scholars and foster cooperation and exchange among art historians working in various subspecialties.
A joint initiative with Avinoam Shalem, Columbia University, and generously sponsored by the Getty Foundation as part of their Connecting Art Histories initiative, this multi-year project consists of Fellowships, Visiting Professorships, Exploratory Seminars, Workshops, and Masterclasses. Mediterraneo Nero aims to establish cooperation with young and promising scholars from Africa and encourage art historical study in countries where it is as yet an emerging discipline.