Serious art collectors are not easy to find. There is the cost, of course, and the question of whether or not a particular piece represents an innovation or makes a lasting statement in its particular genre. Next, there is the relationship between the artist and the collector: is it constructive, helping the artist (often unknown and without financial resources) to continue his or her work? And then storing the art and letting the art world know about the existence of the collection are other important considerations.
In Europe, wealthy individuals began collecting art during the Renaissance. Their purchases were displayed in lavish homes and palaces and seen by an elite audience, one capable of patronizing artists working in the acceptable styles of the day. The artists made a living from their work and their patrons won the reputation of supporting some of the best expressions of their culture…
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