Hans J. Van Miegroet

Hans J. Van Miegroet

Professor of Art and Art History

External address: 
114 S. Buchanan Blvd, A251b, Smith Warehouse, Bay 10, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Box 90766, Media Arts + Sciences,, Durham, NC 27708
(919) 684-2504


Hans J. Van Miegroet was trained at the Higher Institute for Art History and Archaeology of the University of Ghent (Belgium) and received his Ph.D. at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  He is engaged in exploring Art & Markets at the interface of the humanities, social sciences, law and the sciences. He has adopted a scientific collaborative model to conducting research on emerging Art Markets, legal questions related to copyright and cultural heritage and visual culture as a commercial pursuit. This approach has made it possible to create, and sustain, a variety of new research strategies and modes of interpretation, attractive to scholars and students from the humanities, law, the natural sciences and the social sciences. His publications include books on Konrad Witz and Gerard David, and co-authored studies on Mapping Markets for European Paintings in the Early Modern Period (2006), “History of Art Markets,” in Handbook on the Economics of Art and Culture, Elsevier Science, Amsterdam-London-Tokyo, 2006, pp. 69-122; “The Antwerp-Mechelen Production and Export Complex,” (co-author Neil De Marchi), in Essays in Memory of John Michael Montias, Amsterdam, 2007, pp. 133-147; “Copies fantômes la culture imitative au début de l’époque moderne en Europe,” in L'estampe, un art multiple à la portée de tous, Villeneuve d’Ascq, 2008, pp. 47-64. “The Rise of Dealer-Auctioneers. Information and Transparency in Markets for Netherlandish Paintings,” (co-author Neil De Marchi), in Art Market and connoisseurship in the Dutch Golden Age, Amsterdam University Press: Amsterdam, 2008, pp. 149-174; “Antwerp Dealers’ Invasions of the Lille Market,” (co-author Neil De Marchi), in Art Auctions and Dealers. The Dissemination of Nether¬landish Paintings during the Ancien Régime, Brepols: Turnhout, 2009, pp. 43-58; and “Flemish Textile Trade and New Imagery in Colonial Mexico (1524-1646),” (co-author Neil De Marchi) in: Jonathan Brown, Painting for the Kingdoms, Fomento Cultural BanaMex: Mexico City, 2010; “Comment les tableaux des anciens Pays-Bas ont envahi le marché Parisien - How Netherlandish Paintings came to Paris,” (co-author Neil De Marchi), Musée Marmottan, Paris 2012, pp. 28-47; “Supply-Demand Imbalance in the Antwerp Paintings Markets, 1630-1680,” (co-authors Neil De Marchi & Sandra Van Ginhoven) Brepols Publishers, Turnhout (forthcoming 2014);“A dealer ring in 1780s Paris to control sale outcomes, lessen investor uncertainty and facilitate low-risk, cross-border arbitrage in paintings,” (co-author Neil De Marchi), in: Anna M. Dempster, Risk and Uncertainty in the Art Market, London (forth coming 2014). He was awarded the Trinity College Distinguished Teaching Award.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of California at Santa Barbara 1988

  • M.A., Ghent University (Belgium) 1983

Miegroet, HJV, and Marchi, ND. "History of Art Markets." In Handbook on the Economics of Art and Culture,edited by V Ginsburgh and D Throsby,69-122. 2006.

Miegroet, HJV, and Marchi, ND. "Transforming the Paris Art Market, 1718-1750." In Mapping Markets for Paintings in Early Modern Europe 1450-1750,391-410. Brepols Publishers, Turnhout, 2006.

Miegroet, HJV. "Recycling Netherlandish Paintings in Eighteenth-century France." In Collectioner dans les Flandres et la France du Nord au VIIIe siècle,edited by S Raux,251-288. Recherches de Travail des Sciences Historiques, Université Charles de Gaule, Lille-3, March 2005.

Miegroet, HJV, and Marchi, ND. "Connaisseurs-Marchands and the Paris Art Market in the first half of the Eighteenth Century." In Mapping Markets in Early Modern Europe 1450-1750,edited by HJV Miegroet and ND Marchi. 2003.


Van Miegroet, HJ. "Review of Art Markets in Europe." The Sixteenth Century Journal XXXI (2000): 477-78. (Review)

Wilson, J. "Painting in Bruges at the Close of the Middle Ages." Studies of Iconology (2000). (Review)

Miegroet, HJV, and Marchi, ND. "Rules versus Play in Early Modern Art Markets." Recherches Economiques de Louvain/Louvain Economic Reviewe 66, no. 1 (2000): 145-165. (Academic Article)

Miegroet, HJV, and Marchi, ND. "Exploring Markets for Netherlandish Paintings in Sprain and Nueva Espana." Nederlands Kunsthistorisch Jaarboek 50 (2000): 81-111. (Academic Article)

Van Miegroet, HJ. "Art markets in Europe 1400-1800." SIXTEENTH CENTURY JOURNAL 31, no. 3 (2000): 803-805.

Van Miegroet, HJ. "Art markets in Europe, 1400-1800." SIXTEENTH CENTURY JOURNAL 31, no. 2 (2000): 477-478.

Miegroet, HJV, and Marchi, ND. "Ingenuity, Preferences, and the Pricing of Pictures: The Smith-Reynolds Connection." Journal of Political Economy XXXI (1999): 397-412. (Academic Article)

De Marchi, N, and Van Miegroet, HJ. "Ingenuity, preference, and the pricing of pictures: The Smith-Reynolds connection." HISTORY OF POLITICAL ECONOMY 31 (1999): 379-412. Full Text

Van Miegroet, HJ. "Daniel Specklin of Strassburg (1536-1589): Builder of fortifications, engineer, and cartographer." SIXTEENTH CENTURY JOURNAL 29, no. 1 (1998): 282-285.

De Marchi, N, and Van Miegrot, HJ. "Novelty and fashion circuits in the mid-seventeenth-century Antwerp-Paris art trade." JOURNAL OF MEDIEVAL AND EARLY MODERN STUDIES 28, no. 1 (1998): 201-246. Open Access Copy