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The moneychanger and his wife: from scholastics to accounting

El cambista y su mujer es un cuadro de la escuela flamenca, de principios del siglo XVI, ampliamente utilizado para ilustrar la actividad económica. Existen dos versiones: una de Quentin Massys, 1514, y otra de Marinus van Reymerswaele, 1539, con cambios relevantes entre ambas. Estos cambios tienen un significado económico importante. Las interpretaciones de este cuadro y otros similares que hacen los historiadores del arte son coherentes con su visión del mundo de la economía, más que responder a un análisis objetivo del cuadro y de la historia. Así, mientras que la imagen muestra la actividad comercial y financiera como una profesión normal y respetable, la mayoría de los historiadores del arte consideran que tiene una intención satírica y moralizante. Mi conclusión es que los prejuicios de los historiadores del arte hacia la actividad comercial y financiera les conducen a una interpretación equivocada del cuadro.

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Paper provided by Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales in its series Documentos de trabajo de la Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales with number 00-23.

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Length: 20 pages
Date of creation: 2000
Handle: RePEc:ucm:doctra:00-23
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