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    2004 Acrylic on canvas (40' x 30')
    Portugal and Spain had been carrying on a
    thriving trade in black African slaves for most
    of the fifteenth century. Consequently, once
    discovered, the Americas became the newest
    and biggest market. Between 1492 and 1870
    approximately eleven million slaves were
    transported to American ports by Portuguese,
    Spanish, French, English, Dutch and North
    Americans. (Many New England whalers were
    slavers on the side.) During Spanish rule,
    250,000 slaves were imported to Mexico. After
    independence, Mexico received only 3,000
    slaves, by which time there were nearly two
    million Mexican born children of African
    parents and those of part African descent in
    Mexico. In 1824 Mexico prohibited the slave
    trade and in 1829 outlawed slavery altogether.
    This prohibition was partly responsible for the
    establishment of the Republic of Texas by
    those wishing to reinstate slavery.
    Many of the first black slaves came directly
    from Spain. Having long been trusted
    members of many households, they were sent
    to oversee the holdings of their Spanish
    masters, holdings that the owners themselves
    may have never seen. In fact there were more
    blacks than whites in Mexico in the beginning.
    For many indigenous people the blacks were
    the Spanish, the authorities, the overlords.
    Highly respected, blacks were readily equated
    with the pre-conquest rulers, the lords and
    nobles who had painted themselves black to
    honor their black gods and with the valiant
    warriors who blackened themselves before
    going into battle. 'Blackmen' therefore,
    already had a place of honor in native dances.
    With the new religion a place was made for
    Jesus, the Virgin Mary and the Black African.
    In the painting rusted shackles from a sunken
    17th-century slave ship rest atop a map of the

    2004 Acrílica en tela (100cm x 75cm)
    Portugal y España mantenían un próspero
    comercio de negros esclavos africanos durante
    la mayor parte del siglo quince, por tanto, una
    vez descubiertas, las Américas se convirtieron
    en el mayor y mas nuevo mercado. Entre 1492 y
    1870 aproximadamente once millones de
    esclavos negros fueron transportados a puertos
    Americanos por Portugueses, Españoles,
    Franceses, Ingleses, Holandeses y
    Norteamericanos (muchos balleneros de New
    England -Nueva Inglaterra hacían también las
    veces como negreros), Durante el dominio
    español, 250,000 esclavos fueron importados a
    México. Después de la Independencia, México
    solo recibió 3,000, y para ese tiempo ya había
    dos millones de Africanos, niños nacidos en
    México de padres Africanos y aquellos en
    México descendientes en parte Africana. En
    1824 México prohibió la trata de esclavos y en
    1829 proscribió la esclavitud totalmente. Esta
    prohibición es en parte responsable de la
    fundación de la República de Texas por aquellos
    que querían restablecer la esclavitud.
    Muchos de los esclavos negros procedieron
    directamente de España. Habiendo sido
    confiados sirvientes en muchos hogares, eran
    enviados a supervisar las tenencias de sus amos
    españoles, tenencias que sus propietarios tal vez
    nunca habían visto. En un comienzo habían más
    negros que blancos en México. Para muchos
    nativos, los negros eran los españoles, las
    autoridades, los jefes supremos. Siendo muy
    respetados, a los negros fácilmente se les
    igualaba con los gobernantes antes de la
    conquista, los señores y nobles quienes se
    habían pintado de negro para honrar a sus
    dioses negros y con los valientes guerreros
    quienes se ennegrecían antes de ir a la batalla,
    los 'Blackmen'- Hombres Negros- por lo tanto,
    ya tenían un sitio de honor en las danzas
    nativas. En la nueva religión se les hizo un sitio a
    Jesús, La Virgen María y los Negros Africanos.
    En el cuadro oxidados grilletes de un barco
    negrero hundido en el siglo 17 reposan sobre un
    mapa de la época.

    Provenance / History of This Item:

    This artwork is hand-painted in acrylic on Masonite. It is a framed original. AS SEEN in the Book 'Magic Faces, Caras Magicas' written by Michael P. Earney. It has been displayed in multiple art galleries and has had many articles written about the work.

    Listing Number: 2738188298

  • Subject:
    Image/object size (inches):
    40 (height)
    30 (width)
    0 (depth)


    The above image is an estimate of the size of the image/object compared to an average person. Box will only show a max 70 inches height x 70 inches width.

Slave Esclavo Acrylic on Masonite, framed original

Earney, Michael

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Utopia, United States

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