Smuggling the Renaissance: The Illicit Export of Artworks Out of Italy, 1861-1909

Smalcerz, Joanna (2020). Smuggling the Renaissance: The Illicit Export of Artworks Out of Italy, 1861-1909. Studies in the History of Collecting & Art Markets: Vol. 8. Leiden, Boston: Brill

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'Smuggling the Renaissance: The Illicit Export of Artworks Out of Italy, 1861-1909' explores the phenomenon of art spoliation in Italy following Unification (1861), when the international demand for Italian Renaissance artworks was at an all-time high but effective art protection legislation had not yet been passed.
Making use of rich archival material Joanna Smalcerz narrates the complex and often dramatic struggle between the lawmakers of the new Italian State, and international curators (e.g., Wilhelm Bode), collectors (e.g., Isabella Stewart Gardner) and dealers (e.g., Stefano Bardini) who continuously orchestrated illicit schemes to export abroad Italian masterpieces. At the heart of the intertwinement of the art trade, art scholarship and art protection policies the author exposes the socio-psychological dynamics of unlawful collecting.

Item Type:

Book (Monograph)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Art History > Recent and Modern Art History
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Art History

UniBE Contributor:

Smalcerz, Joanna Beata

Subjects:

700 Arts
900 History > 940 History of Europe

ISBN:

978-90-04-42148-6

Series:

Studies in the History of Collecting & Art Markets

Publisher:

Brill

Language:

English

Submitter:

Joanna Beata Smalcerz

Date Deposited:

09 Jul 2020 15:28

Last Modified:

09 Jul 2020 15:28

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/145091

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