The Black Magus: Power and Magnificence in Renaissance Europe.

Thursday 9 December 2021

An illustrated Q&A with Michael Ohajuru and Marie-Anne McQuay, Bluecoat’s Head of Programme.


We are delighted that Michael Ohajuru, independent Art and Cultural Historian and Senior Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, will present his research into the Black Magus or Black King in Renaissance Europe this December. Ohajuru’s illustrated Q&A with Bluecoat’s Head of Programme Marie-Anne McQuay has been devised in response to artist Rosa Johan Uddoh’s exploration of the Black Magus, otherwise known as Balthazar, from a white European to African king within depictions of the Nativity.

Ohajuru researches, writes and speaks on the Black presence in Renaissance Europe. Currently he is researching, developing and curating an exhibition and web site – Who is John Blanke ? The Black Trumpeter to the courts of Henry VII and VIII.

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