An art merchant is a person who buys and sells works of art. In Renaissance Italy, art merchants were the primary suppliers of two-dimensional drawn media, such as paintings and maps. With his apprentices, an art merchant could reproduce and sell decent copies of most works of art and drawings. They were still a raw trade, much like blacksmiths.
Each painting increased Monteriggioni's value, with the higher the price, the higher the added value. Paintings sold by art merchants changed depending on what region they were in. Once purchased, they could be viewed at the art gallery on the second floor of the Villa Auditore, while also providing some background information on the painting itself, and its artist. Art merchants weren't as common as blacksmiths or doctors, but there was at least one situated in each city.
Treasure maps marked the location of treasure chests located all over Italy. Like paintings, treasure maps differed depending on what location they were bought at. The art merchant of each region – being Florence, Tuscany, Romagna and Venice – possessed a map for each district that they covered. There was also another treasure map for Monteriggioni. Treasure maps for each district were unlocked after Ezio had visited the district at least once.
|Florence (Santa Maria Novella)||160ƒ|
|Florence (San Marco)||150ƒ|
|Florence (San Giovanni)||395ƒ|
|Tuscany (San Gimignano)||245ƒ|
|Venice (San Marco)||500ƒ|
|Venice (San Polo)||550ƒ|
- In Assassin's Creed II, 8 out of the 30 paintings that were available for purchase were painted by Leonardo da Vinci.
- In Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, all of the paintings that were available for purchase were painted by the Italian Renaissance artist Raphael.
- In Rome, there are some paintings that cannot be purchased such as the portrait of Giuliano de' Medici by Sandro Boticelli.
- There was a typing mistake in the description of the painting "Resurrection of Christ."
- Several paintings such as Albrecht Dürer's Eve , Leonardo's Saint Jean Baptiste and Raphael's Young Man with an Apple were painted several years after the events of each game, so it would have been impossible for Ezio to buy the artwork or the replicas earlier in the games.
- During modern times, the building previously occupied by Monteriggioni's art merchant had been converted to an information kiosk.
- In Assassin's Creed: Revelations, art merchants were replaced by book shops.