medievalpoc: Alessandro Longhi Portrait of a Young Black Man Italy (c. 1760s) Oil on Canvas, 75 x 65 cm. The Image of the Black in Western Art Research Project and Photo Archive, W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, Harvard University [x] [x]
18 Famous Black People You May Not Have Known Were Black
Alessandro de Medici The Medici family played a major role in the Italian Renaissance. Not only did Alessandro patronize many of the greatest artists of the time, he was buried in a tomb designed by Michelangelo. Medici was the first black head of state in the Western World, but his ethnicity was rarely addressed. The prince was born to a black servant woman named Simonetta da Collavechio and 17-year-old Cardinal Giulio de Medici, who later became Pope Clement VII.
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