In 1600s Brazil, Blacks Stuck in 2 Worlds

Image of the Week: This 1641 Dutch painting, inspired by the artist's time in Brazil, shows the complexity of slavery.

Black man in a tropical landscape, Albert Eckhout, 1641.Oil on canvas, 264 by 162 cm. Nationalmuseet, Copenhagen

The Image of the Black in Western Art Archive resides at Harvard University’s W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research. The director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute is Henry Louis Gates Jr., who is also The Root’s editor-in-chief. The archive and Harvard University Press collaborated to create The Image of the Black in Western Art book series, eight volumes of which were edited by Gates and David Bindman and published by Harvard University Press. Text for each Image of the Week is written by Sheldon Cheek.