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“Africa and the Renaissance: Art in Ivory“ is the eighth exhibition organized by the Center for African Art, New York, now in its fourth year. It explores the artistic and historical relationship between Africa and Renaissance Europe, as revealed by ivory objects sculpted by Africans for Europeans in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. The exhibition focuses on 105 carvings, drawn from private collections and museums worldwide, including the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, Lisbon; the British Museum, London; the Museum für Völkerkunde, Vienna; and the National Museet, Copenhagen. “Africa and the Renaissance” closes at the Center on April 9 and travels to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, where it will run from May 6 to August 20. A 265-page catalogue (The Center for African Art, $32 paper) has been published in conjunction with the exhibition. It includes the first fully illustrated catalogue raisonné of all known Afro-Portuguese ivories as well as text by co-curators Ezio Bassani and William Fagg, and an essay by Peter Mark. The following is the introduction to the volume.