Center for the History of Collecting

Painting by David Teniers the Younger of the Archduke Leopold Wilhelm and the art in the archducal picture gallery in Brussels.

About the Center

The Center for the History of Collecting was established at the Frick Art Reference Library in 2007 to encourage and support 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.

The Center plays an active role in this field of inquiry by bringing together scholars engaged in research that reflects many facets of cultural history.

To serve this community of scholars, the Center offers fellowships and seminars, hosts symposia and study days, and creates the tools needed for access to primary documents generated by art collectors and dealers.

The Center has an active publications program and from 2009–2017 awarded a biennial book prize to the author of a distinguished publication on the History of Collecting in America.

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David Teniers the Younger (1610-1690), Archduke Leopold Wilhelm and the artist in the archducal picture gallery in Brussels, ca. 1651. Oil on canvas, 123 x 163 cm. Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria.