Filip Vermeylen (born Antwerp, 1966) studied early modern European history at the universities of Antwerp and Leuven. In 1993 he went to New York to attend graduate school at Columbia University. In December 2000, he successfully defended a dissertation on the history of the Antwerp art market during the tumultuous sixteenth century. Meanwhile in 1998, he had taken up a position as a researcher at the Rubenianum in Antwerp where he studied the complex relationship between art and economics in all its facets. After obtaining his Ph.D., he became a postdoctoral fellow for the Fund for Scientific Research-Flanders. The dissemination of Flemish art during the Ancien Régime was the focus of this research.
During the Summer of 2006, Filip Vermeylen joined the ranks of the Department of Arts and Culture Studies at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. He teaches various courses in the Master’s program Cultural Economics and Entrepreneurship of which he was also the coordinator (2006-2013). He conducts research on a wide range of issues dealing with the economics of art and culture, with a particular focus on art markets past and present. He was the project leader of NWO-research project entitled ‘Artistic exchanges and cultural transmission in the Low Countries, 1572-1672: mobility of artists, works of art and artistic knowledge’ between 2009 and 2014.
He is especially interested in the history and functioning of art markets since the Renaissance, the notion of quality in the visual arts, the role of intermediaries as arbiters of taste and emerging art markets such as India. He is a board member of The International Art Market Association (TIAMSA) and co-founder of the Rotterdam Arts & Sciences Lab (www.rasl.nu). Together with Christian Huemer (Belvedere, Vienna), he is currently writing a book on the history of the art market which will be published by Getty Publications.
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