Institute of Historical Research, London, 8 to 9 July 2008
Looking at the history of collecting one might be excused for thinking of collecting as a male pastime. There were and are, however, women who amassed and left behind large quantities of collectibles. Much research still remains to be done in order to explore these collections, whether ofartworks, antiquities, plants, or books.
Were women's collections different from their male counterparts and
were there distinctions between collections of husband and wife? What category of objects interested female collectors and were these less attractive to male collectors? Was it necessary for them to target the pieces they desired in a different way? What kind of access to the (international) art market did women have and what was their purchasing power? We are interested in papers that concentrate on less well-known female collectors through the ages in Europe and beyond. Please send your proposal of 250 words to firstname.lastname@example.org before 15 December 2007.
Collecting & Display (100BC to AD1700)
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