James Lindow: The Renaissance Art Market.

Monday 7 January 2019

This lecture assesses the extent to which an art market, in the modern sense of the term, existed in the Renaissance, by analysing both supply (artists) and demand (patrons).

‘Demand’ is discussed in the context of civic and religious commissions together with the increasingly important role served by wealthy individual patrons. ‘Supply’ analyses how art was purchased and distributed, while examining the success of artists including Leonardo, Michelangelo and Raphael. The economics involved in purchasing art led to ‘value’ being construed in terms beyond mere monetary cost, thereby raising the status of High Renaissance artists to those of celebrities.