Images of Medieval African Kingship, Real and Imagined

A brief introduction to famous African rulers and their impact on medieval and Renaissance European culture. By Dr. Bryan C. Keene Adjunct Professor of Art History Pepperdine University Introduction The exhibition Balthazar: A Black African King in Medieval and Renaissance Art (on view at the Getty Center until February 16, 2020) examines the figure of the[…]

Staging Kingship in Scotland and England, 1532-1560

In terms of its staging of sovereignty, passivity distinguished the Scottish king from the English tyrant. Introduction ‘Quhat is ane king?’ asks Divine Correctioun in David Lyndsay’s Ane Satyre of the Thrie Estaitis before supplying the answer ‘Nocht bot ane officiar’ (1613),[1] thereby articulating a commonplace of medieval Scottish literature on kingship that the monarch’s[…]