“The Master of …”: creating names for art history and the art market

  title={“The Master of …”: creating names for art history and the art market},
  author={Kim Oosterlinck and Anne-Sophie V Radermecker},
  journal={Journal of Cultural Economics},
The value of a painting is influenced above all by the artist who created it and his reputation. Painters nowadays are easy to identify and are used to signing their artworks. But what about those whose names have not survived the test of time? This paper contributes to the understanding of art valuation and art brands on the auction market. It focuses on a particular subset of anonymous artists labelled with so-called provisional names (“Master of …”). After considering the origins and… 
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