Dr. Nicolas Galley


Dr. Nicolas Galley has established and is directing the Art Market Studies program at the University of Zurich.

This executive master trains university graduates to understand the art market's developments since the Renaissance and to meet its current challenges. The program fosters a critical and ethical approach to the art market and promotes entrepreneurial
thinking. Participants benefit from an outstanding network of academics, art market specialists and professionals.

The integrative and interdisciplinary course of study covers three major areas:

  • History of Art and New Connoisseurship
  • Art Law and Ethics
  • Art Valuation and Management


Apply now for the next curriculum starting in September 2017!

KHIST Lecture SS 2017: "A Short History of the Modern Art Market"

During the Spring Semester 2017, Dr. Nicolas Galley will replace Prof. Tristan Weddigen for his Tuesday lecture.

This lecture will focus on the history and developments of the art market from the Renaissance to the present day. Marketing strategies invented in 16th C. Venitian workshops or developped by French Avant-Gardes dealers, will be part of the program and related to current mechanisms of the globalized art market. Courses will be held in English.

More information by clicking on the following links:

Master students

Bachelor students


Nicolas Galley is currently researching on the meanings of varnishing and "vernissage" processes. He is also working on the history of the art market since 1863. He recently presented the first results of his researches during the 3rd Swiss Congress in Art History, "L’effet-vernis: brillance, interférence", 23-25 June 2016 (University of Basel) and at the University of Cologne, "From the workshop to the market. The Vernissage of French Avant-Gardes around 1900", Spots on Art Market Research II, 27 October 2016.


Office: +41 44 634 51 73
Mailing Address
University of Zurich
Institute of Art History
Raemistrasse 73
CH-8006 Zürich
Office Address
RAA G-29
University of Zurich
Institute of Art History
Raemistrasse 59
CH-8001 Zürich