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Carmen Fracchia

Laurea (Siena), PhD (London)

Reader in Hispanic Art History

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School of Arts
Birkbeck, University of London
43 Gordon Square
London WC1H 0PD

E-mail: c.fracchia@bbk.ac.uk
Tel: 020 7631 6147

NEW EVENTS

Following the death of George Floyd on 25 May 2020, see my Birkbeck Blog:

http://blogs.bbk.ac.uk/bbkcomments/2020/06/12/how-long-do-we-need-to-wait-to-acknowledge-that-black-people-are-no-longer-our-slaves/

See the same article 'Cuántos crímenes más como el de George Floyd tienen que ocurrir en Estados Unidos para enterrar el racismo', written in Spanish and published in FRONTERASD:

https://www.fronterad.com/cuantos-crimenes-mas-como-el-de-george-floyd-tienen-que-ocurrir-en-estados-unidos-para-enterrar-el-racismo/

Miracle of the black leg, Valladolid

  • CHANNEL 5 DOCUMENTARY

GREAT PAINTINGS OF THE WORLD WITH ANDREW MARR

This new series started on Saturday 6th June, at 8:15pm.

WATCH THIS SPACE: my interview for the Velazquez episode will be broadcast on Saturday 18th July, at 8:15pm.

NEW BOOK

REVIEWS OF CARMEN FRACCHIA'S BOOK, 'Black but Human': Slavery and Visual Arts in Hapsburg Spain, 1480-1700 (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2019), 256 pages. ISBN  9780198767978

"Fracchia gives the voice and the views of the enslaved unlike any book on art from the period I have read, specifically she builds on the conventional academic scholarship of Victor Stoichita's chapter in Image of the Black in Western Art, she gives expression and humanity to the black enslaved, as well as consistently recognising slavery as a crime against humanity - sympathetically considering the enslaved and ex-enslaved Afro-Hispanics Black but Human." - BlackMagus Blog

"Almost every page has some new, revealing insights....I whole heartedly recommended this book, unreservedly." - Michael Ohajuru, Black Africans in Renaissance Europe

"A wonderful, scholarly, imaginative and necessary work [...] It profoundly develops our understanding of the semiotic construction of the black body [...] The work on the miracle of the black leg is extraordinary. [...] It has finally done justice to Velazquez, Juan de Pareja [...]This book has made available a hitherto neglected mini archive within the study of the visual cultures generated by Atlantic slavery." - Marcus Wood, University of Sussex

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