Relative Values: The Cost of Art in the Northern Renaissance

Exhibition August 7, 2019 − February 28, 2021
ThisExhibitioncombines sixty-two masterpieces of northern European art of the sixteenth century from the collection of The Met and one important credit. It is devoted to issues of historical value, the study of the systems of relative value of the Renaissance. Grouped into six sections - raw materials, virtuosity, technological advances, fame, market and paragon - tapestry, stained glass, vessels, sculptures, paintings, precious metal and enamel items are compared with price data from documents of the sixteenth century.

Studying the various criteria for measuring value in the sixteenth century, exploring the external and internal value and presenting works of various media and functions nearby, the exhibition reflects a sense of grandeur and excitement of this era.