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ReSignifications sees established and emerging artists present work inspired by the ‘Blackamoors’ of Florentine villa left to university by Sir Harold Acton
When the late British writer, art connoisseur and friend of the Queen, Sir Harold Acton, bequeathed his family’s Italian villa to New York University in 1994, the gift included a vast trove of art valued at hundreds of millions of pounds. But among the 6,000-piece collection were 35 works that left some of La Pietra’s new owners feeling uncomfortable.
Ellyn Toscano, who has served as the director of La Pietra since 2004, recalls being taken aback the first time she was confronted by the pieces that are now known as the “Blackamoors”, a collection of sculptures and paintings of black figures, elegantly dressed and depicted in acts of servitude – and are located throughout the villa’s grounds.