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Kent - Art History 141 Ben Steadman Jan 31st Medici Over or...

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Art History 141 Ben Steadman Jan. 31 st Medici: Over or Under? In the world of 15 th century Italian art, competition was extremely fierce not only between artists, but patrons as well. Although many master artists flourished during this competition, one dominate patron group arose: the House of Medici and friends of the family. Dale Kent argues in Cosimo de Medici and the Florentine Renaissance that unlike previously conceived notions of the relationships between patrons and artists, that patrons, specifically the Medici family, have both been “under- and overrated” in their influence on the art created during this time period (Kent, 330). Through his arguments Kent effectively extends a theme of active “communication, cooperation, [and] collaboration” between patrons and artists, however, it is questionable whether or not Kent has actually proven that the previously conceived notions of art historians were flawed (Kent, 330). In chapter 14, Patrons and Their Artists: “The Variety of Genius” , Kent’s main goal is to reexamine correspondence between various artists and their patrons throughout the 15 th century in order to highlight previous errors of analysis. He makes some headway; however, at the same time one might question whether or not he is reading too far in to salutations. A good majority of
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