Center for the History of Collecting in America 2007 Symposium
Turning Points in Old Master Collecting, 1830-1940
Saturday, May 19, 2007
The cause for a shift in artistic taste or a realignment of collecting patterns at times may seem untraceable. As one generation of collectors placed a premium on Italian primitives of the Quattrocento, another favored British portraiture, while yet a third focused on the work of contemporary artists. This symposium identified turning points in Old Master collecting during the so-called long nineteenth century and explored the socioeconomic circumstances that made these shifts all but inevitable.
The Center for the History of Collecting in America was established to stimulate awareness and study of the formation of fine- and decorative-arts collections, from Colonial times to the present, while asserting the relevance of this subject to art and cultural history. The Center's public programs provide a forum for thoughtful exchange that may expand and further stimulate scholarship in this discipline.
The symposium was made possible through the generosity of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.
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