Description from Wikipedia: “Mulready spent most of his career in London painting genre subjects. Many of his major works are now on display in the Victoria and Albert Museum. Here, he has portrayed the BLACK actor Ira Aldridge (1805 (?)-1867), who won renown in Europe for his Shakespearean roles, including Othello, Lear, and Macbeth. This half-length portrait shows Aldrige in battle armor, with a flag at his right, in front of a stone archway.“
The Atlantic features the shortlist for this year’s Sony World Photography Awards, which contains some breathtaking images. The above is more understated: “Penitents of “Las Aguas” (The Waters) brotherhood wait before the start of their penance during Holy Week in the Andalusian capital of Seville”.
“Standing in front of an arch that closely resembles the architecture of the Alhambra in Spain, the Moorish chief exudes power and mystery. This painting was probably shown at the Paris Salon exhibition of 1878 with the title Le Gardien du serail (The Harem Guard).”
(Via Medieval POC.)