• Baroque Naples and the Industry of Painting: The World in the Workbench
    Dr Christopher R. Marshall
    Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 2016
    ISBN: 9780300174502

  • Book Launch: Baroque Naples and the Industry of Painting: The World in the Workbench

    By Dr Christopher R Marshall

    Thursday 20 Oct 2016, 6.00- 8.00pm
    Dr Gerard Vaughan AM

    Join Dr Gerard Vaughan AM, Director, National Gallery of Australia for the Melbourne launch of Baroque Naples and the Industry of Painting: The World in the Workbench by Dr Christopher R. Marshall.

    In Baroque Naples and the Industry of Painting, Marshall presents a new reading of 17th-century Italian Baroque art that explores the social, material, and economic history of painting, revealing how artists, agents, and the owners of artworks interacted to form a complex and mutually sustaining art world. Through such topics as artistic rivalry and anti-foreign labour agitation, art dealing and forgery, cultural diplomacy, and the rise of the independently arranged art exhibition, Christopher R. Marshall illuminates the rich interconnections between artistic practice and patronage, business considerations, and the spirit of entrepreneurialism in Baroque Italy.


    Dr Christopher R. Marshall is Senior Lecturer in Art History and Museum Studies at the University of Melbourne. His research distinctions include two years support from the Australian Research Council, the Paul Mellon Visiting Senior Fellowship (Centre for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC), a Senior Research Fellowship at the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, a Research Fellowship at the Museo Poldi Pezzoli, Milan, and Visiting Senior Lecturing Fellowships at the Hubei Institute of Fine Arts, Wuhan, and the Department of Art and Art History, Duke University, Durham NC.


    Dr Gerard Vaughan AM FAHA is the Director of the National Gallery of Australia. Previously he was Director of the National Gallery of Victoria (1999-2012), a Professor at the Australian Institute of Art History (2012-2014), The University of Melbourne and Director of the British Museum Development Trust (1994-99). His research interests are the history of the 18th and 19th centuries. His Oxford doctoral thesis was on the 18th century British antiquary and collector Charles Townley from the perspective of the art market in late 18th century Rome. His is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and National Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration of Australia.


    Baroque Naples and the Industry of Painting is available for purchase online through Yale University Press.


    Presented in partnership with the Australian Institute of Art History.



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