Center for the History of Collecting

The Center for the History of Collecting encourages and supports the study of the formation of collections of fine and decorative arts, both public and private, in Europe and the United States from the Renaissance to the present day. It plays an active role in this field of inquiry by bringing together scholars engaged in research that reflects many facets of cultural history through symposia, lectures, and seminars. For more information or to offer suggestions for future events, please email

Due to COVID-19, most public programs will remain online-only until further notice.