Allen After Hours—Monarchs, Missionaries, and Meddlers: The Art of Making Early Modern Ethiopia

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Thursday, December 2, 2021
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

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This lecture by Kristen Windmuller-Luna, curator of African arts at the Cleveland Museum of Art, relates to the exhibition Mobility and Exchange, 1600–1800. In the early 1400s, the powerful Christian Ethiopian kingdom began a series of diplomatic missions to Europe that would last for two centuries. Centering on the story of the Ethiopian royal impersonator and world traveler Sägga Krәstos, whose portrait miniature was recently acquired by the Allen, this talk considers Ethiopia’s artistic and cultural worlds during the late medieval and early modern eras. During this era of creative renaissance, Ethiopian artists looked to their own artistic heritage and to global sources.

This free program will be online only (previous PR indicated the event would be in person, however, due to low staff, this event switched to online). Please register to attend.