9780300072396

Painting and the Market in Early Modern Antwerp

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  • ISBN13:

    9780300072396

  • ISBN10:

    0300072392

  • Format: Trade Book
  • Copyright: 1999-02-08
  • Publisher: Yale University Press

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Summary

This important book explores the ways in which Flemish painting between 1550 and 1650 both represented and reflected the burgeoning capitalism of Antwerp, the major port of Europe at that time. Elizabeth Honig focuses not only on market-scene paintings but also on the interaction between painters and markets. Honig discusses the paintings of Pieter Aertsen and his nephew Joachim Beuckelaer within the context of a developing aesthetic of exchange, as art became increasingly defined as an alluring commodity that aroused in its beholder a desire for possession and called upon the tempering forces of individual reason and self-judgment. She then examines file relation between painting and file market that emerged in Antwerp after the Spanish reconquest. She shows how the dynamism of market commerce was pictorially masked to provide an illusion of stasis: still-life painting became the inheritor of -- and subverter of -- the market scene. Finally she considers the implications of an aesthetic of display within a newly dominant manner of artistic production (collaboration) and consumption (connoisseurship), as painters tried to produce works that would appeal to the tastes of consumers. She argues that the roots of certain modern ways of collecting and valuing paintings lay within this change in aesthetic priorities.

Table of Contents

PREFACE ix
1 The Nurse of Mercury's Children TRADE AND ART IN SIXTEENTH-CENTURY ANTWERP
1(18)
2 Exchanges PIETER AERTSEN AND THE AESTHETIC OF THE MARKET
19(34)
3 Justice, Judgment, and the Values of the Marketplace
53(47)
4 Mercury's Children Realigned TRADE AND ART IN SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY ANTWERP
100(15)
5 Orders and Things
115(55)
6 Value in Display and the Aesthetic of Judgment
170(43)
Conclusion 213(5)
APPENDIX A: FACTIE OF THE LISCHBLOEME CHAMBER OF MECHELEN PRESENTED AT THE LANDJUWEEL IN ANTWERP, 1561 218(11)
APPENDIX B: PATTERNS IN COLLECTING 229(2)
APPENDIX C: PATTERNS OF ATTRIBUTION IN ANTWERP INVENTORIES, 1550-1650 231(3)
NOTES 234(49)
BIBLIOGRAPHY 283(20)
INDEX 303

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