The Team


Scientific Head


This program is coordinated by Sophie Raux,

Associate Professor in History of Modern Art,

Université Lille 3


    Koenraad Brosens -

is an associate professor at the Catholic University of Leuven and a postdoctoral fellow at the Flemish Science Foundation (F.W.O.- Vlaanderen). His research is mostly focused on the selling strategies implemented by dealers in tapestries in Brussels and Paris during the Ancien Régime. He’s the author of several studies devoted to the production and circulation of Flemish tapestry. He co-edited with Guy Delmarcel the collection Studies in Western Tapestry, and is currently studying the activity of Flemish dealers in tapestry on the Parisian market, with a premium placed on the links between the mechanisms of the international market for tapestry and that of painting.

    Neil De Marchi, Professor of Economics at Duke University, Durham (NC), USA -


    Hans J. Van Miegroet, Professor of Early Modern Art at Duke University (NC), Chair of the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies -

The scientific collaborative methodology they have been  developing for 10 years is a model of interdisciplinarity between art history and economics. Since their first common publication (Art Bulletin 1994), they developed a variety of new research strategies and modes of interpretation. Indeed, this innovative approach proved to be attractive to scholars and students from both the humanities and the social sciences. From 1999 to 2003, they coordinated the program Mapping Markets, consisting of an international and interdisciplinary team of 25 scholars (Turnhout : Brepols, 2006). As part of the program Art Markets in Europe, they will  focus on the production of paintings in the leading Flemish exporting cities (Antwerp, Mechelen,…), the volume of their exports, their flow, as well as the strategies implemented by Flemish dealers to establish themselves on those local markets.


    Charlotte Guichard -

is a CNRS research fellow and a member of the institute IRHiS Lille 3 (UMR 8529). She has received a training in History (agrégation, DEA in history from the Université Paris I, directed by Daniel Roche) and earned a Ph.D. degree in History from the Université Paris-I-Sorbonne with a doctoral dissertation on the amateurs in Paris in the second half of the eighteenth century, directed by Dominique Poulot,(Seysel : Champ-Vallon, 2008). She is a member of the international program Sciences et capitales européennes : revisiter les origines de l’espace public des savoirs (XVIIe-XVIIIe siècle)- Young Researchers Programme 2006 ANR-France (Stéphane Van Dame, Warwick University).

As part of our program, she will mostly focus on a study of artistic expertise in Europe from the seventeenth to the nineteenth century.


    Dries Lyna -

belongs to the Centre for Urban History of the Universiteit Antwerpen and is a postdoctoral fellow at the Flemish Science Foundation (F.W.O.- Vlaanderen). He completed in 2010 a doctoral dissertation in History entitled The Cultural Construction of value, Art auctions in Antwerp and Brussels (1700-1794), at the Universiteit Antwerpen, co-directed by Bruno Blondé and Filip Vermeylen. In his own research, he focuses on the evolutive relationship between dealers and buyers of works of art, through an analysis of the content of sales catalogs. He’s also interested in the study of how art sales were promoted in the press and the evolution of those practices.                                                 

    Patrick Michel -

is Professor in History of Modern Art at the Université Charles de Gaulle-Lille 3 (IRHiS UMR 8529), specialized in the history of collections and the market for art in France in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. He is also one of the coordinators of the Program for the Study of Collecting and Provenance held by the Getty Research Center.

After completing a doctoral dissertation on the collections of Mazarin, he obtained a post-doctoral degree enabling him to advise doctoral students in 2003 (Université Bordeaux 3), Le Marché du tableau et la pratique de la collection à Paris dans la seconde moitié du XVIIIe siècle (P.U. du Septentrion, 2007). He also published a book on collectors and collections in eighteenth century Paris in 2011 (Rennes, PUR, 2011). As part of the program Art Markets in Europe, he will focus on a study of dynasties of Flemish dealers settled in Paris, and participate in the setting up of a database devoted to middlemen in the eighteenth century .

    Sophie Raux -

coordinator of the project, she is an associate professor in History of Modern Art at the Université Charles de Gaulle-Lille 3 (IRHiS UMR 8529). Her research is mostly concerned with the art market in Northern France and the Southern Low-Countries during the Ancien Régime.  Her area of interest was originally the study of collections, sales catalogues and the mechanisms of the art market in Lille in the eighteenth century (2002, 2005). In 2003, she organized the international symposium Collectionner dans les Flandres et la France du Nord au XVIIIIe siècle. She’s currently focusing her reseach on identifying networks of Flemish dealers and evaluating the scope of their activity in northern France, their connections across Europe and their impact on local visual culture. Alongside Hans J. Van Miegroet, she also has coordinated the exchange program International Graduate Program in Art Markets and Visual Studies  (2007-2011).

    Mickaël Szanto -

Associate professor in Art History at Université Paris IV, he completed a doctoral dissertation in 2008, entitled Les tableaux et la place de Paris. Structures et dynamiques d’un marché (1598-1683), directed by Alain Mérot and Laurence Fontaine (Université Paris IV-Sorbonne and Institut Universitaire Européen de Fiesole). He also participated in the program Mapping Markets (1999-2003), and  worked as a research fellow at the INHA, where he took part in the program History of Taste (2001 - 2005) and collaborated to the Répertoire des tableaux italiens en France (directed by Michel Laclotte). He’s currently studying the birth of a particular production of paintings in Paris in the second half of the eighteenth century, specifically meant to be exported and induce a competition with that of the Antwerp painters. He also seeks to determine which European cities those paintings were to reach. 

    Filip Vermeylen -

teaches History of Economics at the Erasmus Universiteit of Rotterdam, where he’s responsible for the coordintion of the Master Cultural Economics and Cultural Entrepreneurship. He also gives classes on the links between art and economics at the  Katholieke Universiteit of Leuven. From 1999 to 2003, he participated in the research program Mapping Markets, and organized the international symposium held at the Antwerp Rubenianum in 2003, Art Auctions and Delaers (Turnhout : Brepols, 2009). Since the thesis he defended  on the market for art in antwerp in the 16th century (Columbia University, 2000), he considerably broadened the scope of his research, to include the history and mechanisms of the art market up to the 19th century. He’s currently doing research on the history of art auctions and art dealers in their capacity of arbiters of taste, notably in Antwerp, Brussels and Ghent in the 18th century.



    Isabella Cecchini -

has been teaching fellow in History of Art Markets and in Cultural Economics at EGART (Degree in Economics and Management of Cultural Activities), University of Ca’ Foscari, Venice. In 1999 she got her PhD in Economic and Social History at the Università Bocconi (Milan), focusing on the consumption of art objects – mainly paintings – in 17th century Venice through probate inventories. She is presently shifting her research interests to early modern financial history and to the exchange fairs in Piacenza (or “Bisenzone”) dominated by Genoese bankers from the late 1570s to the 1630s, but her main field of research remains the study of early modern art markets and material culture in the Venetian republic.

    Carlo Corsato -

is a Fondazione Ermitage Italia research fellow and a cultore della materia in Early Modern Art at the Università degli Studi of Verona. He earned his doctoral degree in History of Art in Verona under the supervision of prof. Bernard Aikema with a doctoral thesis on the workshps of the Bassano family and their marketing strategy of mass-reproductions.
As part of our program, he is focus on defining and classifying how the artists' supply could influence the buyers' demand in the Renaissance Venice and how the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century primary sources portrayed that economic and cultural exchange.

    Natalia Gozzano -
obtained her doctoral degree from the University of Pisa. She  collaborated with the International Centre for the Study of Medieval Painting in the Schelde and Meuse Valleys, before completing a post-doctoral degree from the University La Sapienza in Rome. She’s been teaching Art history at the Accademia Nazionale di Danza in Rome (Istituto di Alta Cultura del Ministero dell’Università e Ricerca) since 2002. She’s mostly concerned with the study of collecting practices in Rome in the seventeenth century and their economic background. Her research also includes studies dedicated to the collections of Lorenzo Onofrio Colonna, the economic background of Claude Lorrain’s activity, and the role played by the “Maestri di Casa” in the organization of collections. Using hitherto unedited archival sources, she aims at uncovering the mechanisms  of the art markets and its protagonists in Rome during the baroque era. As part of this program, she will focus her research on the study of networks of Flemish dealers settled in Italy, and the selling strategies they implemented in the seventeenth century.

     Koenraad Jonckheere -

is assistant professor in Northern Art at Ghent University (Belgium). He studied History and Art History in Leuven and received his PhD at the University of Amsterdam for his book on the Auction of King William's paintings in 2005. He published widely on seventeenth and eighteenth century art markets and on sixteenth century Antwerp history and portrait painting. His monograph on Adriaen Thomasz. Key was published in 2007. He just finished the manuscript of his new book on decorum experiments in Antwerp art in the two decades after the Iconoclastic riots of 1566 and is currently finishing a monograph on Willem Key, which will be published by Brepols in 2011. For the Museum M in Leuven he is preparing and exhibition on the prolific sixteenth century Romanist Michiel Coxcie (to be held in 2013).


    Christian Huemer -

is manager of the "Project for the Study of Collecting and Provenance" (PSCP) at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles. The Getty Provenance Index® Databases, compiled with the collaborative participation of institutions and individuals in Europe and the United States, contain indexed transcriptions of annotated auction catalogs and archival inventories that cover roughly the period from the late-16th to the mid-19th century. In his own research he focused primarily on the international art market during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His master's thesis at the University of Vienna as well as subsequent publications were devoted to the marketing strategies of Paris based art dealer Charles Sedelmeyer (1837-1925). His dissertation at the City University of New York is entitled "Paris-Vienna: Modern Art Markets and the Transmission of Culture (1873-1937)."

As part of the program, he will focus on a study of the role played by Flemish dealers in Central Europe in the early modern period.

    Bénédicte Miyamoto-Pavot -

is ATER/assistant teacher at Université Paris VII Diderot. She completed a doctoral dissertation in 2011, entitled Ad Valorem: the Changing Values of Pictures in Eighteenth-Century London, 1660-1805, supervised by Professor Frédéric Ogée. In this program, she focuses on art auctions mechanisms in XVIIIth century London.


Martine Aubry, Research engineer, Lille 3 – IRHiS (UMR 8529) : databases

Hilary Coe Smith, PhD student in Art History, Duke University (NC) : research

Isabelle Decobecq, Ingénieur d’études CNRS and program assistant from 2008 to 2010, IRHiS (UMR 8529) : administration, databases and research

Alexis Doneztkoff, Curator of the Archives départementales du Nord, Lille : research

Marc Gil, Associate professor in Medieval Art History, Université Lille 3 (IRHiS UMR 8529) : research

Arnout Janssens, PhD student in Art History, Lille 3 : transcriptions and translations

Laura Louvrier, Ingénieur d’études CNRS and  program assistant from 2011 to 2012, IRHiS (UMR 8529) : administration, databases and research

Sandra Van Ginhoven, PhD student in Economy, Duke University (NC) : research