Painting for Profit

The Economic Lives of Seventeenth-Century Italian Painters

Richard Spear and Philip Sohm; With contributions by Renata Ago, Elena Fumagalli, Richard Goldthwaite, Christopher Marshall, and Raffaella Morselli

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July 13, 2010
400 pages, 8 1/2 x 11
120 b/w + 30 color illus.
ISBN: 9780300154566
Cloth

In this highly original book five leading art historians team up with two distinguished economic and social historians to investigate the financial worlds of painters in Baroque Italy. Exploring the many variables that determined the prices asked or received by painters—including the status of their patrons, the size of works and time spent making them, their subject matter, and their number of figures—the authors offer major insights into the social lives, psychological disposition, and economic circumstances of a wide range of major and minor artists.

Richard Spear is Professor Emeritus of Art History at Oberlin College and Affiliate Research Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park. Philip Sohm is University Professor at the University of Toronto.

'These superb writers leave no angle untouched in what is a compelling and hugely important facet of art history and an area which in my experience is frequently overlooked.' — Richard Edmonds, Birmingham Post (Review)

'This is a book for the scholar of art's economic history.' — V & A Magazine

"This book…breaks new ground and covers most of seventeenth-century Italy…taking a significant place alongside life-and-works surveys such as Rudolf Wittkower’s Pelican History."Larry Silver, The Art Book

"Painting for Profit is a monument to the new scholarship that has begun to reveal how painters earned a living, spent their lives and dealt with clients and one another…Nobody interested in the history of art should be without it."—Theodore K. Rabb, The Art Newspaper

"This book is a groundbreaking and important contribution: the first sustained study of the economics of painting in seventeenth-century Italy." — Stephanie S Dickey, Queen's University, Canada
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