Image Gallery | Anheuser-Busch.com - Taharqa King of Nubia (710-664 BC) John Thomas Biggers (1924-2001) During his 25-year reign, Taharqa controlled the largest empire in ancient Africa. The numbers and majesty of his building projects were legendary with the greatest being the temple at Gebel Barkal in the Sudan.
Alessandro de’ Medici (1510 – 1537), Duke of Florence (Italy), was often called “il Moro” (“the Moor”). Despite the many portraits of this 16th century Italian Renaissance figure, his African heritage is rarely, if ever, mentioned.[Editor's Note: For more on this omission as it has occurred in the art world, read this January 2005 update.]