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Collecting Impressions: Six Centuries of Print Connoisseurship, Part II of IV (Virtual Event)

Karen Bowen, Independent Scholar, Antwerp, presents the second in a series of four free lectures on the history of collecting prints co-organized by the Center for the History of Collecting and The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Department of Drawings and Prints. The series is sponsored by the IFPDA foundation and takes place on four consecutive Wednesdays during Print Month: October 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th at 12pm.

Booksellers and the International Distribution of Prints from Antwerp in the Early Seventeenth Century
While individual prints reveal much about what was produced and collected in the past, it is far more difficult to trace the means by which prints from diverse, distant places reached local printsellers and their clients in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. In particular, it is unknown how orders for prints were placed, in what quantities and via which routes images they were distributed, and the price paid for them. Using the remarkably extensive business accounts of the internationally successful Plantin-Moretus Press of Antwerp, Karen will reveal how the press helped local print publishers complete their independent transactions, not least by selling thousands of prints to their own international network of clients who also wished to profit from the immense demand for renowned prints from Antwerp.

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