Hans Van Miegroet

Hans Van Miegroet
Duke University | DU · Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies

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Introduction
Mapping Markets 2.0 is a long-term art market research project (2020-2025) bringing together collaborators (US-Europe) to study in a coordinated manner emerging art markets, artistic mobility and artistic production in urban environments, past and present. The challenge is to combine the expertise of art historians in mapping visual and archival data with analytical approaches of Economics, Computer Science and Mathematics, such as machine-based learning and large-scale, data-driven analytics

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This presentation is based on the DALMI database, which includes for the first time a reliable count of the aggregate of Mechelen (Malines) artist numbers (N=1473), their active periods, commercial/dealer networks, migration patterns in the sixteenth century and destinations that goes beyond anything before attempted. Mechelen was a significant, bu...
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This study is based on the DALMI database, which includes a reliable count of the aggregate of Mechelen artist numbers (N=1473), their active periods, commercial/dealer networks, migration patterns and destinations that goes beyond anything before attempted. Mechelen was a significant, but understudied South Netherlandish art production complex in...
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The sheer volume of data generated on the Internet has reached unprecedented numerical heights and has enabled new data-driven methodologies to study art and its markets. Yet, this type of data-driven research has also generated several unexpected methodological constraints for art markets researchers, particularly due to informational asymmetry. T...
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The sixteenth century witnessed a boom in the print and painting output of the Antwerp-Mechelen production complex, which, at that point in time, in the aggregate per year accounted for the largest reproductive output in Europe. Peter Bruegel the Elder, it is well known, was active in those emerging art markets where new, international market oppor...
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This study is based on a new relational database, Mechelen, a significant, but understudied South Netherlandish art production complex in the early modern period. Large aggregates of Mechelen paintings were produced for export throughout Europe and the Americas between 1540 and 1680. This contribution provides a data driven analysis of first-stop a...
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Treating markets as arenas where relative advantage is contested, this entry explores the emergence and evolution of Western markets for paintings, 1450–1750, in terms of the players, their creative moves to secure gain, and the rules they devised to maintain order. Primary markets for paintings arose as a derivative of the commission market for on...
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Over the course of the fifteenth century easel paintings edged out tapestries, frescoes and wood inlay pictures on the walls of private dwellings. Millions of such paintings were produced in the period 1450-1800, in all shapes and sizes, and across the whole range of prices. Who bought them? How were they distributed? What place did they occupy amo...
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The paper identifies and tries to account for the forms taken in selected art markets for the selling of paintings, as a response to specific features and constraints in the local regulatory environment. Our analytical historics cover 15"' century Bruges, 16th century Antwerp, 17"' century Amsterdam, and early 18"' century London and Paris. They yi...
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The paper explores the evolution of pricing arrangements agreed between two art dealers, one in Paris, the other in Antwerp, in the period 1650 to 1665. These two dealt mainly in made-to-order works. They were principal (Antwerp) and agent (Paris). The principal posted prices, a common arrangement for commodities which involve high up-front costs a...
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This study explores ways of integrating mentalities and ideas with practices in attempting to understand the production, copying, selling, and collecting of art in the Netherlands during the seventeenth century. Market valuation and the market itself as a forum for experimentation are found to lend coherence to many familiar details involving, for...
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Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of California, Santa Barbara, 1988.

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In mapping emerging art markets, migration has always shaped the cultural fabric of urban centers in Europe and beyond, but the phenomenon has never been studied in the manner we propose. As a result of the influx and the increased familiarity of “quantitative” methods in humanities research, we envision a cross-disciplinary, data-driven approach at the interface of the humanities, the sciences and the social sciences. Our cross-disciplinary, international team approach will leverage the computer's unique power (OCR, machine learning) to perform complex and repetitive operations in order to reveal new trends and patterns extracted from large amounts of imperfect data, including hitherto unstudied archival documents on emerging art markets in Europe.