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Art of Conversion: Christian Visual Culture in the Kingdom of Kongo

Cécile Fromont


Between the 16th and the 19th centuries, the west central African kingdom of Kongo practiced Christianity, actively participating in the Atlantic world as an independent, cosmopolitan realm on a par with European monarchies. Drawing on an expansive and largely unpublished set of objects, images, and documents, this book examines the advent of Kongo Christian visual culture, traces its development across four centuries marked by war and the Atlantic slave trade, and finally narrates its unraveling as 19th-century European colonialism penetrated Africa. By offering an extensive analysis of the r ... More

Keywords: Kongo, Christianity, slave trade, colonialism, Christian visual material, central Africa, Atlantic world

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9781469618715
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469618739.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Cécile Fromont, author
University of Chicago