Hans J Van Miegroet

Professor of Art and Art History


114 S. Buchanan Blvd, A251b, Smith Warehouse, Bay 10, Durham, NC 27708


(919) 684-2499

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.


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

  • Licenciate 1983, Higher Institute of History of Art and Archaeology, University of Ghent

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

  • MFA , Higher Institute of the Arts, Ghent


  • Mapping Markets for Paintings in Early Modern Europe 1450-1750,
    Miegroet, HJV; Marchi, ND

  • Gerard David,
    Miegroet, HJV; Marchi, ND

  • De Invloed van de vroege Nederlandse schilderkunst in de eerste belft van de 15 de eeuw op Konrad Witz(The Influence of Early Netherlandish Painting on Konrad Witz),
    Miegroet, HJV; Marchi, ND


2013 University-Wide Research Project: PhD in Media Arts and Sciences, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

2011 International Economics-Art & Markets Research Project: Emergence of Art Markets in Europe, MSH Nord-Pas-de-Calais and Centre National des Recherches Scientifiques (CNRS, #8529, France (French NSF)

2011 International Graduate Education Project in Visual and Media Studies, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

2007 French American Cultural Exchange (FACE Institutional Grant), Government République Française

2005 Research Fellow and Invited Professor Institut Superieur de l'Histoire de l'Art (INHA) Paris, Institut National de l'Histoire de l'Art (INHA), Paris-1, France