Rumor had it that these machines were once the Prince’s servants, whom he murdered and transformed into anatomical displays. Scholars showed otherwise.
Initially supportive of Belgian King Leopold II’s claim to have created a “free state” of Congo, Williams changed his mind when he saw the horrors of empire.
And then, snip by snip, she was cut out of the frame of Renaissance art history.
European travellers and anthropologists found that their gendered worldview didn’t easily map onto the societies they encountered.