Art at Auction in 17th Century Amsterdam

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Amsterdam University Press, 2002 - Art - 336 pages
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In this study of Amsterdam's Golden Age cultural elite, John Michael Montias analyzes records of auctions from the Orphan Chamber of Amsterdam through the first half of the seventeenth century, revealing a wealth of information on some 2,000 art buyers' regional origins, social and religious affiliations, wealth, and aesthetic preferences. Chapters focus not only on the art dealers who bought at these auctions, but also on buyers who had special connections with individual artists.

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A very interesting book on the networks as well as the family relations in the art world in this period of time. A valuable book to understanding that period of time if one is researching or writing about the Art world or Durch history! You sometimes forget back in that time of no Internet, magazines, newspapers and photographs that the only visual stimulus other than nature itself was Art. It makes you want to go and sit in a museum and look at what captivated them. 


Concluding Words on Auctions
Artists and Merchants in the Trade
Johannes de Renialme
The Story of a Merchant Who Thought
Rubenss Promise to Hans Thijsz
Marten van den Broeck
Jean le Bleu Francois Venant
What Santa Claus Brought to the Youth of Amsterdam
A Collector Who Held On to His Purchase for Over Fifty Years
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John Michael Montias (1928) was trained as an economist (Ph.D. Columbia University, 1958). In the first part of his career, he specialized in the comparison of economic systems. Since 1975, he has devoted most of his research to the art market in the 17th century Netherlands. His first book, Artists and Artisans in Delft; a Study of the Seventeenth Century, was published in 1982, his second, Vermeer and His Milieu: A Web of Social History, in 1989. Since then he has written a book in French on the art market in the Netherlands (Le marché de l'art aux Pays Bas, 15ème-18ème siècles, 1996) and, with John Loughman, a book on the hanging of pictures in 17th century Dutch houses (Public and Private Spaces; Works of Art in Seventeenth Century Dutch Houses, 2000).

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