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Marchés de l'art en Europe 1300-1800, émergence, développement, réseaux – M-Art

Submission summary

Art markets in Europe 1300 – 1800 Emergence, development, networks Over the past 20 years, the history of art markets has been substantially developed thanks to the collaboration of researchers from different fields (historians, art historians and economists). The study of the economic and social conditions of the production framework of artists and the interplay between supply and demand is nowadays considered as one of the most fruitful sources that helps renewing art history and offers even more prospects of intensification for the years to come. The program submitted to the Agence Nationale de La Recherche makes its major contribution to the developing study of the history of art markets by implementing international and cross-disciplinary collaborations. It aims at intensifying the study of urban markets which were quite neglected until now but also plans to study periods that are somewhat ignored as far as art is concerned. The exchanges of pieces of arts between the main European cities has only been studied in a sketchy way. Their flow, their volume and their routes are to be emphasized. Moreover the role of local markets in the creation of European trade networks and generally speaking their emergence and development remain quite unknown. These new approaches will help answering bigger questions about the relations between artistic production and the economy. This project developed by a team based in Northern France draws its legitimacy from the large potential offered by this region, which shows a very unique situation as it is located at the crossroads of the main European art markets: Amsterdam, Antwerp, London, Paris. Recent works have proved that active markets arose there during the 'Ancien Régime', sometimes with totally atypical and original forms. This geographical area therefore presents stimulating research prospects which would favor interesting confrontations with other case studies in Europe. The program includes an international cross-disciplinary team including economists, society historians and art historians, from France, Belgium, Netherlands and USA. This team will gather once or twice a year around specific themes. These gatherings will take the form of workshops and will aim at confronting one another's approach and method respectfully of the specificity of each discipline and with the prospect of a real opening to the cross-disciplinary aspect of research. The result will be examined from a large comparative angle and from a geographical, chronological and methodological point of view. Confrontations will be organised if necessary, taking the form of conferences in order to enlarge the debate on more general questions linked to the social and economic history of art. This program is set for a four-year period at the end of which the production of databases will bring new research tools, and a collective publication, written by all the partners will give a synthesis of the work.

Project coordination

Sophie RAUX (Organisme de recherche)

The author of this summary is the project coordinator, who is responsible for the content of this summary. The ANR declines any responsibility as for its contents.


Help of the ANR 180,000 euros
Beginning and duration of the scientific project: - 48 Months

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