Patronage In The Renaissance

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From the late Middle Ages in the 14th century onwards, a cultural movement now referred to as the Renaissance; or “rebirth” in French, produced a multitude of artists who were considered geniuses of their time. There are many reasons as to why individual geniuses emerged, such as the effects of patronage, and influences by intellectual movements, and innovations during the Renaissance. Also, to be explored is the concept of patronage, the origins of patronage and its importance in society, the role of the artist in that time, and examples of prominent cases of patronage including the investment of the Medici family. These ideas and concepts together were the reasons as to why, from the 14th to the 17th century, the Renaissance was a time of intellectual rebirth for Italian society, producing a multitude of artistic geniuses.
Popularised due to the increase of wealth in Italy during the Renaissance, Patronage played an important role in the development of individual geniuses in art. Many wealthy families of the aristocratic Italy contributed greatly to the success of many artists in this time. They did this by drawing attention to the arts and supporting the industry by commissioning visual propaganda, works of art for displays of prestige and memorials. Patronage involved the patron commissioning and specifying most of the aspects of an artwork to an artist. These aspects include size, medium, subject matter, and precious materials used within the artwork. Though the specificity of commissions seems to limit an artist greatly, artists were in high demand, and still, individual geniuses emerged over the masses. But to be considered a genius, an artist would have to have developed expertise in many areas and in a wide range of subj...

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...hroughs within Italian society. This provided greater means of education to individuals and in turn assisted to raised the view of a simple artist to a genius.
Playing a crucial role in the success of the Renaissance, patronage provided artists with financial support, and encouragement to produce invaluable works of art. Though the role of patronage was indeed crucial, the relationship between patron and client was not the only factor in the emergence of ‘individual geniuses’. It was that altogether, the societal interest in Humanism and Secularism, motivated many bright minds to develop new concepts, techniques, and inventions. These ideas merged with the power and wealth of patrons, to generate a time where creativity and revolution was at a high. A new realm of art never seen before was created, and from there stemmed the idea of revolutionary artistic geniuses
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