Renaissance Beauty


This woman would be an African immigrant to Renaissance-era Italy (and yes, there were some Africans living in certain parts of Europe at that time). You could think of her as being an African peer of the famous Mona Lisa. In fact, I had originally set out to draw an African Mona Lisa before the composition became its own thing. I’m very fond of the idea of taking something from the so-called “Western Canon” and putting an Africanized spin on it.

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