The Economic Lives of Seventeenth-Century Italian Painters

 March 18 - 19, 2005

During the past two decades, art historians increasingly have recognized the importance of economic factors in making, selling, and displaying art. This colloquium gathered a group of art historians of seventeenth-century Italy who were working together to document and explore this topic. Participants discussed the importance of such research and what it can tell us about art making and about the community and social life of artists, as well as the formation of taste in the period. This colloquium was convened by Richard E. Spear, distinguished visiting professor, University of Maryland, and Philip Sohm, professor of art history, University of Toronto.

Participants included: Renata Ago (University of Rome, La Sapienza, Rome, Italy), Elena Fumagalli (University of Naples II, Naples, Italy), Peter Lukehart (associate dean, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA), National Gallery of Art), Christopher Marshall (University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria, Austrialia), Rafaella Morselli (University of Teramo, Teramo, Italy).