A Market for Merchant Princes: Collecting Italian Renaissance Paintings in America, 

November 12, 2010 to November 13, 2010

Presented at The Frick Collection by the Center for the History of Collecting in America, Frick Art Reference Library. Twelve invited speakers explored how American collectors developed a passion for Italian Renaissance art, and how their taste and knowledge were shaped by travel, dealers, experts, and advisers.

The symposium is made possible through the generosity of the Robert H. Smith Family Foundation.

Program: A Market for Merchant Princes

The Collector's Choice: Art on Display in American Private Collections, 

March 26, 2010 to March 28, 2010

Thirteen speakers presented papers on artist-collectors from Charles Willson Peale, Benjamin West, Frederic Church, William Morris Hunt, and William Merritt Chase to Stanford White, Andy Warhol, and Donald Judd.

Program: The Collector’s Choice

Holland's Golden Age in America: Collecting the Art of Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Hals, 

May 15, 2009 to May 16, 2009

Thirteen speakers presented papers on the formation of American collectors’ taste for Dutch art, on specific Gilded Age collections, and on the dissemination of Dutch art across the United States during the twentieth century. The symposium concluded with an interview of the renowned collectors Eijk and Rose-Marie van Otterloo.

Program: Holland's Golden Age in America

The American Artist as Collector: From the Enlightenment to the Post-War Era, 

March 6, 2009 to March 7, 2009

The purpose of this symposium was twofold: to examine the collecting tastes of specific artists who amassed collections of note, and to explore the impact of artist-advisers on the acquisition patterns of other collectors.

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Program: The American Artist as Collector

Collecting Spanish Art: Spain's Golden Age and America's Gilded Age, 

November 21, 2008 to November 22, 2008

Organized by the Center in collaboration with the Centro de Estudios Europa Hispánica, Madrid, in honor of Jonathan Brown.

Program: Collecting Spanish Art