CONF: Art Dealers, America and the International Art Market, 1880-1930 (Los Angeles, Jan 18-19, 2018)

The Getty Research Institute presents a symposium on the role of international art dealers in creating the collections, museums, and intellectual culture of the American art world in the late 19th and early 20th century. Bringing together rich archival resources from the Getty Research Institute and peer institutions, and capitalizing on new methodologies made possible by the extraordinary quantity of information contained in the documentary record, this symposium illuminates the ways in which art dealers contributed to making America a prominent arena in the international art market, and their role in creating the major private collections that became the foundation of great American museums.

Free tickets available beginning November 29, 2017 at
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Invitation to Agnew’s Lectures at Spencer House, 1 July, London

As part of the 200th celebrations, Lord Anthony Crichton-Stuart and the Directors of Agnews invite you to a

Series of Lectures in the Great Room
Spencer House
27 St. James’s Place
London SW1A 1NR

Saturday, 1st July 2017

Barbara Pezzini: “Agnews as dealers of Nineteenth Century British Art in Manchester and London 1830-1890”

Light lunch and refreshments

Joseph Friedman: “Treasure Houses of London: The Golden Age”

Professor Liz Prettejohn: “Modern Painters, Old Masters: The Art of Imitation from the Pre-Raphaelites to the First World War”
A few spaces are still available and will be granted on a first come first served basis. Please specify which lecture(s) you would like to attend. RSVP asap

6 St.James’s Place

Tel: +44 (0)20 7491 9219
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Lecture by Barbara Pezzini on: The mysterious sale of Velázquez’s ‘Rokeby Venus’, London (Dec 5, 2016)


Reclining Nude rests on her right arm and looks into a mirror held by a putto
Diego Velázquez, The Toilet of Venus (The Rokeby Venus)

National Gallery London, Sainsbury Wing Theatre

December 5th, 2016, 1 – 1.45 pm

Admission free

When the painting appeared for sale at art dealers Agnew’s in November 1905, many believed it should be purchased for the nation, yet the high price was beyond the National Gallery’s resources. But the newly founded National Art Collection Fund launched a public appeal to gather the sum required for its purchase. There followed three intense months in which dealers, scholars, art benefactors, museum visitors and even royalty attempted to raise the necessary funds.

Barbara Pezzini is an art historian who has published widely on the art market and its significance for the history of art, and is currently researching London art dealers Agnew’s and their relationship with the National Gallery. She is a Founding member of TIAMSA.