Paper Out Now: Radermecker/Oosterlinck: ‘The Master of…’

Anne-Sophie Radermecker and Kim Oosterlinck just published a paper in the new issue of the Journal of Cultural Economics (JCE)

Kim Oosterlinck









“The Master of …”: creating names for art history and the art market

The value of a painting is influenced above all by the artist who created it and his reputation. Painters nowadays are easy to identify and are used to signing their artworks. But what about those whose names have not survived the test of time? Based on hedonic regressions and price indexes, this paper focuses on a particular subset of anonymous artists labelled with so-called provisional names (“The Master of …”), and contributes to the understanding of art valuation and art brands on the auction market. »

 Radermecker – Oosterlinck_The Master of (link)

Cite this article as:
Oosterlinck, K. & Radermecker, AS. J Cult Econ (2018).
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  • Publisher NameSpringer US
  • Print ISSN0885-2545
  • Online ISSN1573-6997



CFP: Chinese objects and their lives (Paris, 15 Jun 18)

Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales, Inalco

Deadline: Feb 23, 2018

International workshop organised by the French Association of Chinese Studies (AFEC)

Chinese objects and their lives

Over the last twenty years, material culture studies have occupied a growing place in the social sciences. These studies are founded on the idea that objects—natural, technical or artistic—can be considered documents for the writing of history, or even as actors in the social sphere, where they are capable of conditioning or transforming human behaviour. Therefore, special attention has been given to the social, economic and material conditions of their production and diffusion, their history and uses, and more broadly to their “biographies” or “social lives” in order to account for their ability to take on different roles in different periods. The relationships that people build with objects that surround them, are created by them, or used and exchanged by them, have been an integral part of the issues confronting historians studying material culture since, at least, the 1960s. Continue reading “CFP: Chinese objects and their lives (Paris, 15 Jun 18)”

Review: Trading Values in Early Modern Antwerp

Christine Göttler, Bart Ramakers, and Joanna Woodall, eds.
Trading Values in Early Modern Antwerp 
Netherlands Yearbook for History of Art, 64. Leiden: Brill, 2014. 400 pp.;
180 color ills. Cloth

Nadia Baadj
Jan van Kessel I (1626–1679): Crafting a Natural History of Art in Early Modern Antwerp
(Studies in Baroque Art) (Dutch Edition).
Turnhout: Brepols, 2015. 208 pp.;
52 color ills.; 50 b/w ills. Cloth

Review by Marisa Anne Bass
CrossRef DOI: 10.3202/

The history of art in early modern Europe would be unthinkable without Antwerp. And yet until quite recently, Antwerp was a place that nobody talked much about. Scholarship on the southern Netherlandish city (now part of Belgium) long remained the province of local historians, the indefatigable Floris Prims notable among them. And while first Pieter Paul Rubens and then Pieter Bruegel the Elder met with increasing art-historical interest following Belgium’s assertion of independence in 1830, a dogged nationalistic approach to their oeuvres meant that the city in which they lived and worked did not generate much attention in its own right. It was the artist as Flemish genius, and not the city as stimulus, that mattered.

Conference Review: Art & Market: Alienation or Emancipation?

Art & Market: Alienation or Emancipation? (St. Gallen, November 2016)

International congress organised by the Research committee Sociology of Arts and Culture (RC‐SAC) of the Swiss Sociological Association and the Institute of Sociology of the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland)

Organising committee: Andrea GLAUSER (UNILU), Olivier MOESCHLER (UNIL), Valérie ROLLE (LSE) and Franz SCHULTHEIS, Patricia HOLDER, Thomas MAZZURANA (UNISG) Scientific committee: the above‐mentioned persons and Jens KASTNER (Akademie der bildenden Künste, Vienna), Alain QUEMIN (University Paris VIII) and Ulf WUGGENIG (Leuphana University, Lüneburg).

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