Painters and Their Clients in Fifteenth – Century Italy

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“Painters and Their Clients in Fifteenth – Century Italy” by Michael Baxandall Kiana Henley Reid Anderson Western Art II February 25, 2014
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There were many reasons for a wealthy individual to commission a work of art during the Renaissance, some selfish and some for the benefit of others. Starting with the selfish, one might want to commission a work for the association with the artist. To own a piece by a great artist shows one’s wealth and good taste and ultimately cushions their social status. Another reason more on the selfish side would be to commemorate one’s self, to leave this painting behind and for everyone to know that this painting would not have existed without the patron’s commission. Also, to invest in a painting is more than investing in a worldly item. To commission a work of art is to benefit the eyes and the minds of yourself and your peers. In short, it is money well spent.
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