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Art Market and Connoisseurship

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

Art Market and Connoisseurship by Anna Tummers
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The question whether or not seventeenthcenturypainters such as Rembrandt andRubens created the paintings which werelater sold under their names, has causedmany a heated debate. Much is still unknownabout the ways in which paintingswere produced, assessed, priced, andmarketed. For example, did contemporaryconnoisseurs expect masters such asRembrandt to paint their works entirely bytheir own hand? Who was credited withthe ability to assess paintings? How did apainting's price relate to its quality? And how did connoisseurship change as the artmarket became increasingly complex?The contributors to this essential volumetrace the evolution of connoisseurship inthe booming art market of the seventeenth-and eighteenth centuries.Among them are the renowned GoldenAge scholars Eric Jan Sluijter, Hans VanMiegroet and Neil De Marchi. It is to bemissed by anyone with an interest in theOld Masters and the early modern artmarket.
Amsterdam University Press; January 2008
192 pages; ISBN 9789048520671
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Title: Art Market and Connoisseurship
Author: Anna Tummers; Koenraad Jonckheere