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

An historian of the material and visual culture of early modern Europe, 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 researching the Flemish merchant diaspora between 1450 and 1650. Her project will take her around 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, and art collecting, has largely been overlooked.

She has already completed a study of the career of Daniel Nijs, the Flemish merchant in Venice who sold the Gonzaga art collection to Charles I of England in 1627-8. 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.

In addition, Christina is editing the collection of essays in the forthcoming volume Early Modern Merchants as Collectors, based on the conference of that name she organised at the Ashmolean on 15 & 16 June 2012.

Before coming to Oxford, Christina founded her own art and antiques research consultancy in London. For museums, collectors and dealers Christina has researched (and continues to research) 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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