Parution : Joanna Smalcerz, “Smuggling the Renaissance The Illicit Export of Artworks Out of Italy, 1861-1909”, Leyde, Brill, 2020

Parution :  “Smuggling the Renaissance The Illicit Export of Artworks Out of Italy, 1861-1909” écrit par Joanna Smalcerz, édité chez Brill le 19 février 2020


Smuggling the Renaissance: The Illicit Export of Artworks Out of Italy, 1861-1909explores the phenomenon of art spoliation in Italy following Unification (1861), when the international demand for Italian Renaissance artworks was at an all-time high but effective art protection legislation had not yet been passed.
Making use of rich archival material Joanna Smalcerz narrates the complex and often dramatic struggle between the lawmakers of the new Italian State, and international curators (e.g., Wilhelm Bode), collectors (e.g., Isabella Stewart Gardner) and dealers (e.g., Stefano Bardini) who continuously orchestrated illicit schemes to export abroad Italian masterpieces. At the heart of the intertwinement of the art trade, art scholarship and art protection policies the author exposes the socio-psychological dynamics of unlawful collecting.


Joanna Smalcerz, Ph.D. (2017), University of Bern, is an Associated Researcher at that university. Her research and publications focus on the nineteenth-century art market and collecting, as well as on the relations between societies and their cultural heritage.


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