Filip Vermeylen (PhD. Columbia University 2002) is Professor of Global Art Markets at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. He lectures and publishes on various aspects of the economics of art and culture, and is currently the Research Director of the Department of Arts and Culture Studies. He is especially interested in the history and functioning of art markets since the Renaissance, the notion of quality in the visual arts, the role of intermediaries as arbiters of taste and emerging art markets such as India. He is a co-founder of the Rotterdam Arts & Sciences Lab (www.rasl.nu). Together with Christian Huemer (Belvedere Research Institute, Vienna), he is currently writing a book on the history of the art market which will be published by Getty Publications.