The Root has been working with Harvard’s The Image of the Black Archive on a weekly series about black iconography in art history (mostly Western art, but also featuring ancient Mediterranean/Near Eastern/North African history), and it’s full of fantastic rabbit holes. Look at these headlines and tell me you can resist even a single one of them:
It’s the perfect kind of art history project, too: just comprehensive enough to make you feel smarter for reading it, but not so academic that your eyes glaze over. As the most common of laymen, I have a hard time getting really into brushwork, but I could read about symbolism in art all day (the dog means marital fidelity! Someone holding a letter means they’re going to die! It’s like a neverending word puzzle). You were probably mostly done with whatever you were doing at work anyway.
Mallory is an Editor of The Toast.