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Liberty’s Toll on Beauty’s Price: The Impact of the French Revolution on the Parisian Art Auction Market

The first installment of the spring research series
When Jan 24, 2013
from 06:00 PM to 07:00 PM
Where West Laville Library
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Contact Phone 225-578-2479
Attendees Honors College Students
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Associate Professor Darius Spieth presents his recent research to the Honors Community.  Seventeenth-century pictures of the Dutch and Flemish “Golden Age” were aesthetic, intellectual, and economic touchstones in the Parisian art world of the Revolutionary era, but their central importance within this historical framework, while frequently acknowledged, has rarely garnered more than passing references in the existing literature. Professor Spieth’s forthcoming book Going Bourgeois: Netherlandish Golden Age Art in Revolutionary Paris represents the first attempt to assess the economic impact of the French Revolution on art prices, using a data set based on 50 Netherlandish artists. In this talk, he will not only provide examples of record-breaking artworks selling between 1775 and 1825 at auction in Paris, but he will also explain the results and quantitative methodology of his research. Professor Spieth is teaching an Honors seminar called Art and Colonialism this semester.

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