It was the patrons who funded, enabled, and occasionally directed the movement towards realism and secular subjects, and developed the genres.
Nudes out in fresh air and sunshine, engravings in his distinctive lined style, and some social comment in the 1890s.
He wins himself the admiration of two rich American collectors, while returning to Sweden to paint in the country.
How to succeed as a painter in Venice? According to Tintoretto, cut your prices so they just cover the cost of materials. If necessary, give a painting or two away to secure the commission.
A British trader and merchant banker, and an Italian scientist who wrote an account of Newtonian physics for women – their influence on Canaletto, Tiepolo, and others.
The story behind the commissioning of Edward Burne-Jones to paint his monumental series telling the story of Perseus and Andromeda.
How the Marquis of Mantua overcame the obstinacy of a traditional painter, and gained one of the finest trompes l’ceil in Europe.
During his lifetime, Durand-Ruel bought a total of 1,500 paintings by Renoir, over 1,000 Monets, 800 Pissarros, over 400 by Degas, and almost 400 from each of Sisley and Mary Cassatt.
At his third attempt, the young Poussin made it to Rome, where he found an unusual patron who was an obsessive collector and friend of Galileo.
Titian seems to have understood exactly what Vittoria Colonna wanted, and in doing so changed art.