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Elizabeth A. Pergam on the persistence of national identity in the international art market

4 September 2019

The persistence of national identity in the international art market

Review of:

Art Crossing Borders: The Internationalisation of the Art Market in the Age of Nation States, 1750-1914, edited by Jan Dirk Baetens and Dries Lyna, Amsterdam: Brill, 351 pp. and 45 full-colour ill., EUR 127.00 hdbk, ISBN 978-90-04-29199-7

Elizabeth A. Pergam ( Sotheby’s Institute of Art, New York) 21/EP1


With their edited volume of essays dedicated to case studies of the art market during the long nineteenth century, Jan Dirk Baetens and Dries Lyna bring together research into specific cases that provide examples of the increasing internationalization of the commercial art world. This review examines each contribution and the ways in which the cases studied support the editors’ analysis of the conditions that characterized the circulation of art within Europe and America.

Key words: art market, nationalism, internationalism, cosmopolitanism, taste, art history, collecting

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