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Beginning with the Renaissance the Church is no longer the only primary patron of the arts. Private families, governments and other secular (non-religious) groups begin to hire artists with greater frequency. What effect do you think this new diversity in patrons had on the arts in the 15th-18th centuries? Include some specific examples of works commissioned by these new patrons.Well looking back, art was a main way to show wealth of a family. Many families provided loans to churches especially in Italy for altars and religious pieces as a way to portray wealth and have a connection to a powerful influence, the church. The Medici family was an influential part of society and thereby influenced a vast majority of art. Considering that Italy was not a unified nation during the renaissance period, patrons were seen as influential partners in the economic and social welfare of the people that was equal to or more relevant than the church. Art was considered to be a display of social status

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