European Trade in Painters’ Materials to 1700
International Conference organised by
The Courtauld Institute of Art and the National Gallery, London

February 11th and 12th, 2005

Where did painters buy their materials? Who prepared them? What did they cost? Where did they come from, and how? This conference brings together a very widely dispersed body of knowledge and aims to place it in a broad economic and historical context, bringing together the expertise of conservators, conservation scientists and historians.

The scope of the meeting includes European trade and trade routes, the retail distribution and wholesale trade in painters’ materials. It will encompass specific case histories as well as a more general view of the mechanisms and actuality of trading. Attention is concentrated on painters’ supplies, but attention is also given to associated crafts such as tapestry.

Following the Conference, the proceedings will be published by Archetype Publications .

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