The African Gaze

Europe 1600 – 1815 Galleries, Victoria & Albert Museum

My specially researched official V&A tour gives an overview of the African presence in 17th and 18th Century Europe as represented in a number of high quality works. Europe during this period was on the cusp of massive change with much social, religious and economic upheaval. The period saw the Scientific Revolution and Age of Enlightenment.

I lead the tour speculating on the viewpoint of the African individuals portrayed; their stories and backgrounds. As part of the tour attendees will be looking at a number of known and unknown figures as well as the achievements of individuals of African descent in European history at a time when the African body would become symbolic of degradation.

From the Baroque to the Rococo and Neoclassical, the Europe 1600-1815 Galleries present an unrivalled collection of 17th and 18th century art and design in a period that was influential in forging the identity of the European lifestyle today.

IMAGE CREDIT – Bust of a Boy, Joannes De Cock (1705-10), V&A London

Praise for The African Gaze

I found the tour incredibly insightful and it helped fill gaps in my knowledge of the History of African people within the History of Europe.I will definitely go on the tour again.

Extremely informative and interesting. Particularly like the way Nadia drew all of the pieces together by drawing out themes and showing the journey of the depiction of black people in art. Nadia imparted the knowledge she has gained through her research.

The content coverage certainly exceed expectations. Nadia’s knowledge was invaluable.

Nadia was an eloquent and informed speaker.

Nadia was an excellent tour guide.

2024 Tour Dates

  • Saturday 4 May 2024, 3.30pm
  • Saturday 7 September 2024, 3.30pm
  • Saturday 5 October 2024, 3.30pm

All tours are free and drop-in. There is no booking procedure. Meet me the meeting point in the grand entrance of the Victoria & Albert Museum for a sharp 3.30pm start.

Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL
Nearest Station: South Kensington
Buses: C1, 14, 414 and 74