Study day

The Art Market in Italy Around 1900: Actors, Archives, Photographs

organized by the Photothek of the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut and the Fondazione Federico Zeri in Bologna together with Prof. Giovanna Capitelli (Università della Calabria)

In the last few years international research on the art market has gained in intensity, inspiring a host interdisciplinary studies and conferences while successfully defining a new field of academic research and teaching. Through a range of gatherings and publications, the dynamics of the antiques market have been explored at the intersections of art history, economics, and sociology, among other disciplines. At the center of the most recent studies are the networks of relations between antiquarians, collectors, and other persons connected to the selling of art works. Within these networks, photographers have been identified as key actors in the evolution of the art trade from the second half of the 19th century. The art market shapes and informs the art historical canon, and as indispensable agents of the art market's exchanges, photographs are now also recognized as essential to the formation of the canon. At the same time, the "material turn" in the humanities has refocused attention upon both the itineraries of the art objects and the functions and circulation of individual photographs. Over the course of two study days, we will enter into this rich discussion by concentrating upon two of its aspects in particular: the relations between photographic and antiquarian practices, on which the first day at the Photothek of the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz will focus, and the world of art trade in Savoia Rome, which will be addressed on the second day at the Fondazione Federico Zeri in Bologna. The attention of both institutions to these topics derives not only from a scientific interest but also from the material reality of their extensive photographic and archival holdings.

Photographic and Antiquarian Practices

November 14th 2017, Photothek of the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, Florence
Organized by Julia Bärnighausen and Costanza Caraffa

Mercanti, collezionisti e conoscitori nella Roma sabauda (1870-1915)

November 15th 2017, Fondazione Federico Zeri, Bologna
Organized by Andrea Bacchi and Giovanna Capitelli


In cooperation with

14 – 15 November 2017

Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz

Palazzo Grifoni Budini Gattai
Via dei Servi 51
50122 Firenze

14 – 15 November 2017

Fondazione Federico Zeri

Piazzetta Giorgio Morandi 2
40125 Bologna



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