Research Fellow, History Faculty & Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

Christina Anderson currently holds a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship in the History Faculty at the University of Oxford. She is also the Research Fellow in the Study of Collecting at the Ashmolean Museum.

Christina specialises in the history of the decorative and fine arts, collecting, trade, travel and early modern globalisation. At present, she is writing her second book on the Flemish merchant diaspora, 1450-1650. Her project encompasses the world, from Brazil to Goa, West Africa to Russia, and Venice and Lisbon (via the Low Countries) to North America. She aims to bring attention to this important group of merchants whose significance to early modern globalisation, as well as art collecting, taste and patronage, has largely been overlooked.

This project builds on her previous study of the career of Daniel Nijs, the Flemish merchant in Venice who sold the Gonzaga art collection to Charles I of England in 1627-28. This was the greatest art transaction of the seventeenth century, and Nijs was its pivotal figure, not only conceiving of but also financing the sale on his own. The Flemish Merchant of Venice: Daniel Nijs and the Sale of the Gonzaga Art Collection was published by Yale University Press in 2015.

Recently, Christina has finished editing the forthcoming collection of essays Early Modern Merchants as Collectors, to be published by Routledge and based on the conference of that name organised at the Ashmolean on 15 & 16 June 2012. Furthermore, she is the General Editor of two six-volume series: A Cultural History of Furniture, to be published by Bloomsbury in 2017, and A Cultural History of Collecting, also forthcoming with Bloomsbury in 2019.

Christina's teaching reflects the broad range of her experience and in the past has included courses for master's students and museum professionals on research techniques and various approaches to the study of the decorative arts. She has also taught such courses as Dutch Golden Age art to advanced undergraduates and supervised an undergraduate essay on collecting.

Before coming to Oxford, Christina founded her own art and antiques research consultancy in London. For museums, collectors and dealers Christina has researched a wide range of works of art from the seventeenth through the twentieth centuries. These projects, along with her publications on the decorative arts, architect-designers and collectors, have made her a long-established specialist in the field.

Please click on the links below for more information about Christina and her work at Oxford.

Daniel Nijs Flemish Merchant Diaspora   Contact

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