The influence of economic factors on style

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Introduction It is surely premature and foolhardy on my part to give a talk about the influence of economic factors on style. Premature, because my research on the economic environment of 17th century Netherlandish art has only revealed the bare contours of the subject, and mainly its qualitative aspects to boot. Foolhardy, because my comparative advantage lies in the more solid, quantitative research I have done, which throws only a raking light on the development of style. Still, I consider the subject important - if only in justifying an economic approach to art history - and I must give it a try.

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  • John Michael Montias

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