The ancient tradition of artistry in the Far East of Asia has lately met up against a noble tradition of the West: The tradition of patronage of the arts. This great practice has its roots in the courts of the Emperors and nobles of Greece and Rome, and has continued down through the ages to the modern time.
While, in most countries, corporate sponsors have taken the place of the aristocrats of yesteryear, the tradition remains a strong and vital one, by means of which great artists continue to be introduced to the wider world.
Patronage Is Not A Thing Of The Past
Many modern day critics and art lovers will scoff at the very notion of patronage, claiming that such a measure compromises the inherent integrity of the artist, as well as the work produced. Such critics fail to take into account the vast expenditure of time, money, and resources that creating the work of art entails.
Under such circumstances, it is simply ideal for the creator to find a patron who will provide them with the resources they need to be able to fashion their great works. In the 21st century, corporate philanthropists, such as Robert Rosenkranz, Bill Gates, and many others have continued the ancient and noble tradition of extending patronage to the arts.
The Rosenkranz Foundation, in particular, has been a great source of funding and encouragement to modern artists of the Far East of Asia. For example, the Chinese writer and artist Mu Xin has received patronage from this august institution. Many similar stories of corporate philanthropy and patronage abound in the modern age.
Preserving Great Art And Ideas For Generations To Come
The simple fact of the matter is that patronage from great corporations and entrepreneurs is a vital source of funding for modern art. Indeed, such patronage helps not only with the inspiration and creation of great art, but also with its preservation for the delight and admiration of generations still to come.
Great works of art not only dazzle and amuse their audience, but also inspire them with the vigor and resolve to create even greater works. Without the reality of patronage behind their creation, the great majority of these works might never exist.
Recognizing The Source Of Great Art In Patronage
The next time you go online and view great works of art, ranging from the immortal frescoes of the Sistine Chapel to the architectural masterpiece that is the Taj Mahal, consider the source of such wonders. Where did the artists get the backing, funding, and resources to make these great visions come to life? If your answer was, “From great patrons”, you were certainly correct.