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Recent interest in the economic aspects of the history of art havetaken traditional studies into new areas of enquiry. Going well beyond provenances or prices of individual objects, our understanding of the arts has been advanced by research into the demands, intermediaries and clients in the market. Eighteenth-century Rome offers a privileged view of such activities, given the continuity of remarkable investments by the local ruling class, combined with the decisive impact of external agents, largely linked to the Grand Tour. This book, the result of collaboration between international specialists, brings back into the spotlight protagonists, facts and dynamics that have remained unexplored for many years.
As more parts of the world became accessible to the West, a fast-growing number of exotic artefacts entered European markets from the 18th century. Facilitated by social and technological changes, the markets for such objects thrived, while a collecting culture and museums emerged. This book focuses on methods and places of exchange, monetary and ideological value, actors and networks, transfer and transport, prices and expertise, while exploring 300 years and four continents. Based on a symposium in Berlin, the publication will include contributions by Felicity Bodenstein, Ting Chang, Manuel Charpy, Nélia Dias, Natasha Eaton, Noëmie Etienne, Jonathan Fine, Christine Howald, Philip Jones, Sylvester Okwunodu Ogbechie, Ying-chen Peng, Léa Saint-Raymond and Élodie Vaudry, and Masako Yamamoto.