How can I collect old, accurately represented painting on a budget?
March 17, 2012 8:36 AM Subscribe
I'd like to start collecting art. I know, collect what you love - and I intend to. This is for my home, though if the pieces also have financial value down the road, so much the better. I really like older, typically Renaissance or Medieval portraits or action-filled landscapes (particularly those that feature animals (e.g. da Vinci's Lady with Ermine
). As a non-expert with a budget of <$500-$2000, how do I go about buying interesting art without being fleeced?
posted by arnicae to Media & Arts (14 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
I'd like to purchase paintings that are represented accurately - though my preference is older paintings with interesting stories (I like things that come with interesting stories, whether they're a poster my Mom got at her first the Who concert or paintings), I'm willing to purchase painted copies or modern work in older styles, but I'd like to know what I'm buying up front rather than get a modern reproduction being sold as an older original. How do I examine provenance (or ask for it), and is eBay ever an option? Are there any reputable dealers who specialize in lower budget artwork?
Thanks for any advice you might have. I've been collecting (a bit) since college, but it has all been current artists whose work I know and like, and I buy it directly from them!