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L’Art de la conversion – Culture visuelle chrétienne dans le royaume du Kongo
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Cécile Fromont L’Art de la conversion Culture visuelle chrétienne dans le royaume du Kongo
Translated from the English (American) by CÚcile Fromont (original title: The Art of Conversion: Christian Visual Culture in the Kingdom of Kongo, Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture / University of North Carolina Press, 2014).
publication expected in 2018
French edition
ISBN: 978-2-84066-888-6
EAN: 9782840668886
forthcoming
 
An an extensive analysis of the advent of Kongo Christian visual culture and its and development across four centuries.
Between the sixteenth and the nineteenth centuries, the west central African kingdom of Kongo practiced Christianity and actively participated in the Atlantic world as an independent, cosmopolitan realm. Drawing on an expansive and largely unpublished set of objects, images, and documents, Cécile Fromont examines the advent of Kongo Christian visual culture and traces its development across four centuries marked by war, the Atlantic slave trade, and, finally, the rise of nineteenth-century European colonialism. By offering an extensive analysis of the religious, political, and artistic innovations through which the Kongo embraced Christianity, Fromont approaches the country's conversion as a dynamic process that unfolded across centuries.
Cécile Fromont teaches art history at the University of Chicago. Her writing and teaching focus on the visual, material, and religious culture of Africa and Latin America with a special emphasis on the early modern period (ca. 1500-1800) and on the Portuguese-speaking Atlantic World.