Getty Blog: Rethinking Descriptions of Black Africans in Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Art

Getty Blog: Rethinking Descriptions of Black Africans in Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Art. “Museums have much work to do. The Black Lives Matter movement’s call for social reform extends to arts institutions, bringing focus to the need for inclusivity and equity. The ways in which we present and describe artworks in our care are central to these efforts. In the Getty Museum’s Antiquities department, we have turned our attention to artifacts that depict—or have been thought to depict—Black Africans. Recognizing that many of our descriptions and titles for these objects were inadequate, we are undertaking a review of our online collection and the terms that we use. We recently completed a first batch of updates, and offer here some insights into issues that we faced.”

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