Art Market and Connoisseurship

A Closer Look at Paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens and Their Contemporaries

Edited by Anna Tummers and Koenraad Jonckheere

Edited by Anna Tummers and Koenraad Jonckheere

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

192 pages | 20 color plates, 45 halftones | 5 3/4 x 6 1/3 | © 2008
Paper $49.50 ISBN: 9789089640321 Published February 2009 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

The question of whether seventeenth-century painters such as Rembrandt and Rubens were exclusively responsible for the paintings later sold under their names has caused many a heated debate. Despite the rise of scholarship on the history of the art market, much is still unknown about the ways in which paintings were produced, assessed, priced, and marketed during this period, which leads to several provocative questions: did contemporary connoisseurs expect masters such as Rembrandt to paint works entirely by their own hand? Who was credited with the ability to assess paintings as genuine? The contributors to this engaging collection—Eric Jan Sluijter, Hans Van Miegroet, and Neil De Marchi, among them—trace these issues through the booming art market of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, arriving at fascinating and occasionally unexpected conclusions.

Contents
Introduction
Eric Jan Sluijter
Determining Value on the Art Market in the Golden Age: An introduction
 
Chapter 1
Anna Tummers
'By His Hand': The Paradox of Seventeenth-Century Connoisseurship
 
Chapter 2
Koenraad Jonckheere
Supply and Demand: Some Notes on the Economy of Seventeenth-Century Connoisseurship
 
Chapter 3
Natasja Peeters
'Painters pencells move not without that musicke': Prices of Southern Netherlandish Painted Altarpieces between 1585 and 1650
 
Chapter 4
Anna Tummers
The Painter versus the Connoisseur? The Best Judge of Pictures in Seventeenth-Century Theory and Practice
 
Chapter 5
Neil De Marchi and Hans J. Van Miegroet
The Rise of the Dealer-Auctioneer in Paris: Information and Transparency in a Market for Netherlandish Paintings
 
Photocredits
Plates
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