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Published on Wednesday, May 10, 2023


The long-distance, large-scale luxury trade or the promotion of the arts by merchants are extremely important elements in the evolution of our contemporary societies. What were the legal and institutional strategies on the topic of the judicial history of commerce? Tax privileges, protection of individuals and property, are just a few examples of regulatory interventions in the European and extra-European luxury trade.The private legal sphere is no less interesting: contractual relations between individuals in this area, the regimes of pacts between parties, the value given to goods and merchandise in the identification of the price of obligations, are all aspects of fundamental importance for understanding the legal dynamics that have shaped European legal culture.



June 8th

Chair Xavier Prévost, Université de Bordeaux-Institut Universitaire de France

  • 9.00 Luisa Brunori, Cnrs/ENS/Université Paris Nanterre Introduction
  • 9.15 Petra Schulte, Universität Trier Fachbereich III, Ökonomie, Politik und die Schönheit Venedigs (14.-16. Jahrhundert)
  • 10.00 Florent Garnier, Université de Toulouse, Luxe, lex et taxe dans le royaume de France au Moyen Âge

10.45 Break

  • 11.15 Albrecht Cordes, Centro Tedesco di Studi Veneziani, Die “Venedische Selschap” von Hildebrand Veckinchusen und Co. Pelzhandel von Russland nach Venedig im 15. Jahrhundert.
  • 12.00 Giovanni Chiodi, Università Milano Bicocca, Rossini e la guerra degli editori. Il caso dello Stabat Mater a Parigi

12.45 Lunch

Chair Luisa Brunori – Cnrs/ENS/Université Paris Nanterre

  • 14.45 Ana Belen Fernàndez Castro, Scuola Superiore Meridionale, Napoli, Underpinning Luxury Trade between Italy and Spain during the Sixteenth-Century: Some Institutional Strategies.
  • 15.30 Anja Amend-Traut, Wuzburg Universität, Versicherter Luxus. Einblicke in die Genese des Versicherungswesens anhand frühneuzeitlicher Quellen der Gerichtspraxis zum Handel mit (Luxus)gütern

16.15 Break

  • 16.45 Stefania Gialdroni, Università di Padova, Giorgione, Tiziano, Dürer: grandi artisti "al servizio" dei mercanti tedeschi nella Venezia del primo Cinquecento

17.30 end of the first day

June 9th 

Chair Francesca Trivellato, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton

  • 9.30 Heikki Pihlajamäki, University of Helsinki, Regulating commerce of luxury articles from Spanish and Portuguese America
  • 10.15 Olivier Descamps, Université Paris Panthéon-Assas La circulation des toiles indiennes à l'époque moderne.

11.00 Break

  • 11.30 Guido Rossi, Università di Palermo, Merchants, luxury and thieves: some remarks on an attempted fraud in late-sixteenth century England
  • 12.15 Estelle Rothweiler, Université de Strasbourg, Les marchandes de modes de Paris sous le règne de Louis XVI (1774- 1792)

13.00 Lunch

Chair Albrecht Cordes, Centro Tedesco di Studi Veneziani

  • 14.45 Jessika Nowak, Bergische Universität Wuppertal, “Kluge Ware”. Kulturproduktion als Handelsgut
  • 15.30 Ulla Kypta, Hamburg Universität, Proxies and Procurations in international trade. Merchants and their representatives in 16th century Antwerp

16.15h Break

  • 16.45 Hélène Hu, Université de Lille, The violation of the Treaty of Tientsin by the Chinese government for the silk trade (1870-1900)

17.30 End of the second day


Centro Tedesco di Studi Veneziani Palazzo Barbarigo della Terrazza, San Polo, 2765/A, Calle Corner – Venice (Free entrance)

Organized by the International Research Network PHEDRA (Pour Une Histoire Européenne du Droit Des Affaires)



  • Centro Tedesco di Studi Veneziani Palazzo Barbarigo della Terrazza, San Polo, 2765/A, Calle Corner
    Venice, Italian Republic

Event attendance modalities

Full on-site event


  • Thursday, June 08, 2023
  • Friday, June 09, 2023


  • merchant, art, luxury, beauty, trade


  • Luisa Brunori
    courriel : luisa [dot] brunori [at] ens [dot] psl [dot] eu

Information source

  • Henri Sergent
    courriel : hsergent [at] parisnanterre [dot] fr


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« Merchants, arts, luxury and beauty », Conference, symposium, Calenda, Published on Wednesday, May 10, 2023, https://doi.org/10.58079/1b0p

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