Painting for Profit: The Economic Lives of Seventeenth-Century Italian Painters

Painting for Profit: The Economic Lives of Seventeenth-Century Italian Painters

by Richard E. Spear, Philip Sohm
     
 

In this highly original book five leading art historians team up with two distinguished economic and social historians to investigate the financial worlds of painters in Baroque Italy. Exploring the many variables that determined the prices asked or received by painters—including the status of their patrons, the size of works and time spent making them, their

Overview

In this highly original book five leading art historians team up with two distinguished economic and social historians to investigate the financial worlds of painters in Baroque Italy. Exploring the many variables that determined the prices asked or received by painters—including the status of their patrons, the size of works and time spent making them, their subject matter, and their number of figures—the authors offer major insights into the social lives, psychological disposition, and economic circumstances of a wide range of major and minor artists.

Editorial Reviews

Sixteenth Century Journal - Stephanie S Dickey

"This book is a groundbreaking and important contribution: the first sustained study of the economics of painting in seventeenth-century Italy." — Stephanie S Dickey, Queen's University, Canada

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300154566
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
07/13/2010
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
907,790
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 11.10(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Richard Spear is Professor Emeritus of Art History at Oberlin College and Affiliate Research Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park. Philip Sohm is University Professor at the University of Toronto.

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