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Alternative museum tours explore colonial loot…

Alternative museum tours explore colonial loot, biased narratives:

London, England – “The
South Sea Company did not trade in fish,” says Alice Procter, as she
shows visitors around Queen’s House, a maritime museum in Greenwich,
southeast London. “They traded in something far more valuable to the
English monarchy – slaves.”

The 23-year-old Australian art historian
is behind the “Uncomfortable Art Tours”, a series of museum visits in
the capital exploring history with a twist.

She focuses on what she describes as
racist narratives and an ideology that underpins the objects displayed
in European exhibitions from the colonial period, which isn’t always
mentioned.

Statue of a bull (possibly from the Kerameikos…

Statue of a bull (possibly from the Kerameikos, the most prestigious cemetery of Athens), circa 430 BC, source

Pierre-François-Grégoire Giraud, A Dog, 1827, …

Pierre-François-Grégoire Giraud, A Dog, 1827, Musée du Louvre, source

William Williams (1727–1791), Portrait of a Bo…

William Williams (1727–1791), Portrait of a Boy with a Dog, circa 1770–75, Metropolitan Museum, New York

Edgar Degas, La Place de la Concorde, 1875, He…

Edgar Degas, La Place de la Concorde, 1875, Hermitage museum, 78,4 × 117,5 cm, Saint Petersburg, source

John Everett Millais, The Black Brunswicker, d…

John Everett Millais, The Black Brunswicker, detail, 1860, oil on canvas, Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight, Merseyside

This painting was inspired by the Black Brunswickers, a German volunteer corps of the Napoleonic Wars. Millais reduced the presence of Napoleon to an engraving after Jacques-Louis David’s Napoleon Crossing the Alps, in the top left of the painting.

Millais depicts a soldier about to depart for battle. His sweetheart, wearing a ballgown, restrains him, trying to push the door closed. In fact, the composition revolves around the contrast of the man’s black broadcloth uniform and the woman’s pearl-white satin dress in a moment of tender conflict.

In a letter to his wife, Effie Gray, Millais described his inspiration for the work: “My subject is connected with the Brunswick Cavalry at Waterloo…They were nearly annihilated but performed prodigies of valor… The costume and incident are so powerful that I am astonished it has never been touched upon before.”

New museum Instagram to follow! Managed by the…

New museum Instagram to follow! Managed by the talented @dereinzigwahrekaiser

Jean-Baptiste Oudry (1686 – 1755), Parakeet, d…

Jean-Baptiste Oudry (1686 – 1755), Parakeet, detail, oil on paper, Museum of Fine Arts, Strasbourg

Henri Lebert (1794 – 1860), Hunting in the Vos…

Henri Lebert (1794 – 1860), Hunting in the Vosges Mountains, detail, 1828, Museum of Fine Arts, Strasbourg

Alexis Jeaneau, said Mérodack-Jeaneau (1873 – …

Alexis Jeaneau, said Mérodack-Jeaneau (1873 – 1919), Museum of Fine Arts, Angers