Welcome to the Artes Africanae site.
Artes Africanae is a non-commercial site
dedicated to “traditional” African Arts, created by the members of an
homonymous Italian discussion forum embracing researchers, amateurs and
Artes Africanae is therefore the visual
product of innumerable lively debates on the many aspects of the arts of the
black continent, from the identification of tribe-specific artistic styles,
to market trends, to issues of authenticity and other associated subjects
related to this fascinating artistic body of knowledge.
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motivation, please read our moderator’s
Artes Africanae was also created with the
intent to spread knowledge about authentic African Arts, and above all to
raise public awareness vis-à-vis the growing proliferation of false African
handicraft and artificially-aged African artifacts, which unfortunately are
presently flooding the international art markets.
By “authentic” or “original” we define an
object that has been sculpted, fused, weaved or layered in the
socio-cultural or religious context of a specific population and then
utilized by the same population for an extended period of time.
It will be our privilege to periodically
present on this site new virtual exhibitions on specific topics.
Have a pleasant tour of Artes Africanae,
and as we customarily salute each other on this site, we extend you our best