“I WAS AMAZED WHEN I DISCOVERED THAT THERE WAS A LIVING COMMUNITY OF PEOPLE WITH ROOTS IN NON WESTERN EUROPEAN COUNTRIES IN 17TH CENTURY AMSTERDAM.”
If you look at the people depicted in the paintings in “Group portraits of the 17th century” in the Hermitage, you could conclude that only white people lived in the Netherlands during that period.
But although they are not in the portraits, there were people of color in the city at the time. White people and people of color have been living together in the Netherlands for centuries. Amsterdam, in particular, was home to people from all over the world in the 17th and 18th centuries. But many people don’t realize that.
In order to paint a more complete picture of history, it is important that this does happen.
“In the photo exhibition HOLLANDSE MASTERS REVIEW in the Hermitage, a face is given to the unknown historical figures of color and make this part of history visible to all Amsterdammers and Dutch.” [Curator of HOLLANDSE MEESTERS REVIEW Jörgen Tjon A Fong from Urban Myth]
Prominent Dutch of color, including Ruud Gullit, Typhoon, Jörgen Raymann, Sylvana Simons and Berget Lewis in the skin of the historical Dutch of color. Humberto Tan, Ahmet Polat, Stacii Samidin and Milette Raats photographed the well-known models entirely in the style of Rembrandt and his contemporaries. These photo portraits add a new perspective to the group portraits showing only white men and women.
This is a prime example of BE_MAN_KIND; the second Principle of Progress from my zeitgeist analysis MAKING SENSE. If you want to read the entire analysis, you can order the 100-page reader here or download the 4 page summery here.
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