The Patron and The Muse
The Renaissance era was paid for by the patron and inspired by the muse.
In today’s culture we have made art an industry with a formula to success. We no longer have patrons we have artistic business developers looking to wrap a business model around the art. The idea of art for the sake of art has become something we look down on.
Why would any one get into entertainment and not celebrate the artistic side of it?
Several hundred years ago what allowed for the renaissance to even happen was the wealthy giving handouts to artists to be the artists they are.
The patrons paid for the artists lives.
They paid for the artists supplies.
They paid so they could revel in the art and show off to their friends who they discovered.
Back then people understood that being an artist is a way of life and not something you do after work or on the weekends. Today we have little respect for any artist unless they have gone through the approved system.
Look back what the renaissance gave us using this model that history has shown works really well. It worked really well for 300 years. In fact it worked better than any system applied to art since.
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The Renaissance’s intellectual basis was its own invented version of humanism, derived from the rediscovery of classical Greek philosophy, such as that of Protagoras, who said, that “Man is the measure of all things.” This new thinking became manifest in art, architecture, politics, science and literature. Early examples were the development of perspective in oil painting and the recycled knowledge of how to make concrete. Although the invention of metal movable type sped the dissemination of ideas from the later 15th century, the changes of the Renaissance were not uniformly experienced across Europe.
Art is not about marketing or branding to the masses and creating the next trend for people to follow.
The muse that inspires the artist can and will vary.