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Jeffrey Collins on Market values in eighteenth-century Rome

6 September 2020

Market values in eighteenth-century Rome

Review of:

The Art Market in Rome in the Eighteenth Century: A Study in the Social History of Art, edited by Paolo Coen, Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2018 [Studies in the History of Collecting and Art Markets, vol. 5], xii + 234 pp., 80 colour illus., €116/$134 hdbk, ISBN 978-90-04-33699-5.

Jeffrey Collins (Bard Graduate Center) 23/JC1

This anthology, edited by Paolo Coen, contains contributions on various aspects of the creation, marketing, display, sale, and subsequent circulation of works of art (primarily paintings, drawings, and antique sculpture) in Rome from the early seventeenth through the early nineteenth centuries. By providing new detail on the ways Italian, British, German, and French artists, dealers, and collectors took part in the Roman art market, broadly conceived, the volume helps pick up where Francis Haskell left off in Painters and Patrons: A Study in the Relations between Italian Art and Society in the Age of the Baroque (1963). Of particular interest are essays by Coen on a set of copy drawings after Old Master pictures prepared for the 9th Earl of Exeter under the direction of Thomas Jenkins, and by Daniela Gallo on the prices paid for ancient sculpture acquired for the Pio-Clementino Museum and the economic repercussions for Rome’s antiquities market.

Keywords: Rome, eighteenth century, art market, art dealers, art prices, Paolo Coen, Thomas Jenkins, Daniela Gallo, Pio-Clementino Museum

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