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Black MilkImagining Slavery in the Visual Cultures of Brazil and America$
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Marcus Wood

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199274574

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199274574.001.0001

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Angelo Agostini and Brazilian Graphic Satires of Slavery

Angelo Agostini and Brazilian Graphic Satires of Slavery

(p.132) Chapter 3 Angelo Agostini and Brazilian Graphic Satires of Slavery
Black Milk

Marcus Wood

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides an extended analysis of the full range of the satiric work, focussed on slavery, made by Angelo Agostini, dubbed ‘the Brazilian Daumier’. Agostini is initially set within the context of European, American, and Brazilian print satire in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The subsequent discussion of the technique and methods of Agostini's work is brought out through the detailed analysis of a series of his most remarkable single-sheet lithographs for mass produced illustrated journals including Revista Illustrada and O Mequetrefe. Particular emphasis is placed on Agostini's ability to conflate older forms of print satire with techniques of representation which only became available with the arrival of photography. Agostini is shown to be able to combine new techniques of documentary realism with a visual rhetoric that draws upon the unique flora, fauna, and religious symbolism of Brazil, to produce prints of unprecedented energy and violence.

Keywords:   slavery, Angelo Agostini, print satire, lithography, torture and representation, religious art, photography, Catholicism

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