Social Network Centralization Dynamics in Print Production in the Low Countries, 1550-1750

  • Matthew Lincoln (Author)
    University of Maryland, College Park

    Matthew Lincoln is a PhD candidate in Art History at the University of Maryland, College Park, and inaugural recipient of the Arthur K. Wheelock Doctoral Fellowship in Northern European Art. He focuses on sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Dutch and Flemish printmaking, with a particular concentration in the use of computational analysis.

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The development of a professionalized, highly centralized printmaking industry in northern Europe during the mid-sixteenth century has been argued to be the inevitable result of prints' efficacy at reproducing images, and thus encouraging mass production. However, it is unclear whether such a centralized structure was truly inevitable, and if it persisted through the seventeenth century. This paper uses network analysis to infer these historical print production networks from two large databases of existing prints in order to characterize whether and how centralization of printmaking networks changed over the course of this period, and how these changes may have influenced individual printmakers.




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University of Maryland, Department of Art History & Archaeology
printmaking, network analysis
How to Cite
Lincoln, Matthew. 2016. “Social Network Centralization Dynamics in Print Production in the Low Countries, 1550-1750”. International Journal for Digital Art History, no. 2 (October).