Review: Diversifying the History of Collecting – Collecting the Sacred

Review of Diversifying the History of Collecting: Collecting the Sacred: Art, Belief and Identity Emerging Scholars Workshop, 2nd March 2021 The processes behind the acquisition, display and gifting of religious art and sacred decorative objects dominated the subject of the most recent Emerging Scholars Research workshop. Four papers were devoted to the respectful interrogation of different cultural traditions, beliefs and identities and in turn, how the aggregation of religiously charged art collections should be approached in … Continue reading Review: Diversifying the History of Collecting – Collecting the Sacred

Review: ‘Emerging research workshop: New approaches to women collectors’

Genevieve Drinkwater, MA Student, History of Design Masters, V&A/RCA Often damaged, dismantled, or dispersed at auction, sources supporting the existence of collections amassed by women in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries are often scarce. However, a small community of scholars have begun to piece together the elusive scraps of history left behind by elite women … Continue reading Review: ‘Emerging research workshop: New approaches to women collectors’

Review: Florence, Berlin and Beyond: Late Nineteenth-Century Art Markets and their Social Networks

Florence, Berlin and Beyond: Late Nineteenth-Century Art Markets and their Social Networks (Series: Studies in the History of Collecting & Art Markets, Volume 9) Lynn Catterson, 2020, Brill. Review by Tom Stammers Networks are now a ubiquitous, if rarely theorised, concept in the history of collecting. Networks typically demonstrate how diverse actors, often operating across considerable … Continue reading Review: Florence, Berlin and Beyond: Late Nineteenth-Century Art Markets and their Social Networks

Review: The Billion Dollar Art Hunt (BBC Four Documentary)

John Wilson in The Billion Dollar Art Hunt. BBC Four Documentary: The Billion Dollar Art Hunt  19 October 2020 and available on BBC iPlayer for 10 months Reviewed by Eleni Vassilika. Presented by the journalist John Wilson, this documentary tells the story of how thirteen works of art stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum … Continue reading Review: The Billion Dollar Art Hunt (BBC Four Documentary)

Review: The Purchase of the Past: Collecting Culture in Post-Revolutionary Paris c. 1790-1890

The Purchase of the Past: Collecting Culture in Post-Revolutionary Paris c. 1790-1890 by Tom Stammers, 2020, Cambridge University Press Review by Simon Spier Tom Stammers’ new volume The Purchase of the Past: Collecting Culture in Post-Revolutionary Paris c.1790-1890 is a significant contribution to the history of collecting in the nineteenth century, opening new vistas on … Continue reading Review: The Purchase of the Past: Collecting Culture in Post-Revolutionary Paris c. 1790-1890