Does the journey and story behind a piece of art add to its value?

21 February 2022

The insurance valuation of fine art by great artists, whether historical or contemporary, is not a simple assessment. It’s a process that’s sensitive to context, circumstance and history which covers the journey and the story behind each piece.

Find out the importance of individual art journeys and provenance in our short video with Dr. James Lindow, PhD. With examples from the Renaissance to the modern-day, James explains the subtleties behind a collectible art valuation.

In this information-packed 11 minute video, you’ll discover:

  • How a gap of more than a century between discoveries of fresh work by Leonardo da Vinci stunned the art world in 2017 with an auction sale of over $450 million for a single piece.
  • Why Renaissance art still appeals to the market.
  • Why the ‘workshop studio’ approach of old still resonates with contemporary art from the likes of Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons and Damien Hirst.
  • The differences between works by the Master, their apprentices or collaborations between the two.

Dr James Lindow

Dr James Lindow

James brings over 20 years’ experience in the insurance industry and a highly respected variety of arts knowledge.

He is an author, research consultant and presenter in art history, as well as being the Underwriting Director for Art & Private Clients here at Ecclesiastical. Read more about James

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