University of York, June 14, 2019
Deadline: Mar 29, 2019
When art makes the headlines, it is usually about money. In 2017, Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi sold for over $450 million at Christie’s New York. Just how can a painting be worth more than a penthouse on Fifth Avenue
This conference will demonstrate the centrality of markets to art ’s modern cultural ascendancy, while also recasting art objects as bodies of knowledge and vehicles of cultural exchange through networks of global trade.
We welcome papers across artistic media and geographic regions, with a focus on the period 1450-1900. In particular, we wish to cover the following topics:
– The art and
– Collecting, provenance and the “social life of things”
– The materials of art
– The value of artistic labour
– Art and global trade/empire
– Artistic representations of commodities, e.g. still life
– The art of the Low Countries (modern-day Belgium and the Netherlands).
The conference is a unique opportunity to share one’s research in
Please send a short speaker profile and an abstract of 300 words maximum to firstname.lastname@example.org by the above date. For further enquiries, please contact Adam Sammut, PhD candidate at the University of York, at email@example.com with “Art as commodities” in the subject header.
Adam Sammut, University of York
Simon Spier, University of Leeds
Apurba Chatterjee, University of Sheffield.