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Seminar 13

The Birth of the Art Market


Seminar questions

  1. Where was the art market born?
  2. What were the preconditions for the development of an art market in early modern Europe?
  3. Was the “commodification” of art a purely Dutch phenomenon?
  1. What the birth of an art market tell us about the structure of the Dutch Republic’s economy in the seventeenth century?


Suggested reading

Alpers, Svetlana, Rembrandt’s Enterprise. The Studio and the Market, Chicago 1988, ch. 4 [ND 653.R3]

Benedict, Philip, ‘Towards the Comparative Study of the Popular Market for Art: The Ownership of Paintings in Seventeenth-Century Metz’, Past and Present, 109 (1985), pp. 100-117 

Campbell, Lorne, ‘The Art Market in the Southern Netherlands in the Fifteenth Century’, The Burlington Magazine, 118 (1976), pp. 188-198


De Marchi, Neil – Van Miegroet, Hans J., ‘Art, Value and Market Practices in the Netherlands in the Seventeenth Century’, Art Bulletin, 76 (1994), pp. 451-465


De Marchi, Neil – Van Miegroet, Hans J.,, ‘Novelty and Fashion Circuits in the Mid-Seventeenth Century Antwerp-Paris Art Trade’, Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, 28 (1998), pp. 201-246


De Marchi, Neil – Van Miegroet, Hans J., ‘Exploring Markets for Netherlandish Paintings in Spain and Nueva España’, Nederlands Kunsthistorisch Jaarboek, (2000), pp. 80-111


De Marchi, Neil – Van Miegroet, Hans J. (eds.), Mapping Markets for Paintings in Europe, 1450-1750, Turnhout 2006


Ewing, Dan, ‘Marketing Art in Antwerp, 1460-1560: Our Lady’s Pand’, Art Bulletin, 72 (1990), pp. 558-584


Fantoni, Marcello - Matthew, Louise C. - Matthews-Grieco, Sarah F. (eds.), The Art Market in Italy, 15th-17th Centuries, Modena 2003 [N 8605.I8]


Freedberg, David - de Vries, Jan (eds.), Art in History: History in Art. Studies in Seventeenth-Century Dutch Culture, Santa Monica (CA) 1991


Haskell, Francis, ‘The Market for Italian Art in the 17th Century, in Past and Present, 15 (1959)


Israel, Jonathan I., The Dutch Republic. Its Rise, Greatness, and Fall 1477-1806, Oxford 1995, chs. 23, 33 [DJ 156.I8]


Montias, John Michael, ‘Reflections on Historical Materialism, Economic Theory and the History of Art in the Context of Renaissance and 17th-Century Painting’, Journal of Cultural Economics, 5 (1981), pp. 19-38 [Arts Periodicals]


Montias, John Michael, Artists and Artisans in Delft: A Socio-Economic Study of the Seventeenth Century, Princeton 1982 [N 6946.M6]


Montias, John Michael, Vermeer and His Milieu: A Web of Social History, Princeton 1989 [ND 653.V3]


Montias, John Michael, ‘Socio-Economic Aspects of Netherlandish Art from the Fifteenth to the Seventeenth Century’, Art Bulletin, 72 (1990), pp. 358-373


Montias, John Michael, Art at Auction in 17th Century Amsterdam, Amsterdam 2002


North, Michael, ‘Art and Commerce in the Dutch Republic’, in A Miracle Mirrored. The Dutch Republic in European Perspective, eds. Karel Davids and Jan Lucassen, Cambridge 1995, pp. 284-302


North, Michael, Art and Commerce in the Dutch Golden Age, New Haven-London 1997 [ND 646.N6]


North, Michael - Ormrod, David (eds.), Art Markets in Europe, 1400-1800, Aldershot 1998


Ormrod, David, ‘Art and Its Markets’, The Economic History Review, new series, 52 (1999), pp. 544-551


Schama, Simon, Rembrandt’s Eye, London 2000 [ND 653.R3]


Wilson, Jane C., Painting in Bruges at the close of the Middle Ages: studies in society and visual culture, University Park, Pa., 1998, ch. 5 [ND 671.B7]