When Michelangelo was Modern: The Art Market and Collecting in Italy, 1450–1650

In a painting by Titian, a man, the Renaissance art collector Jacopo Strada (Mantua, 1507 — Prague 1588), stands behind a clothed table holding a sculpture a of a nude woman. Coins, a letter, and an unfinished sculpture of a male torso are sitting on the table.

Friday, April 12, and Saturday, April 13, 2019

Presented by the Center for the History of Collecting, Frick Art Reference Library

This two-day symposium examines the forces that motivated Italian collectors and patrons of the fifteenth, sixteenth, and early seventeenth centuries to support artists and encourage innovative ideas that today are recognized as having transformed the artist’s status from craftsman to celebrity. Keynote speaker Inge Reist, Director Emerita of the Center for the History of Collecting, and ten international scholars, including Patrizia Cavazzini, Leah Clark, Frederick Ilchman, John Marciari, and Stephen Scher, will also explore the role of patrician collectors, scholars, artists, courtesans, and other agents of change in the development of the modern art market.

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Titian (Tiziano Vecellio, 1488/90–1576), Jacopo Strada (1515-1588), 1567/1568. Oil on canvas, 125 x 95 cm. Collection of Archduke Leopold Wilhelm. Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna.