Please find here an monthly updated listing of my sponsors and patrons, from all levels - except for the 'Maecenas' or highest support level !
I thank them from the bottom of my heart to enable me to keep creating and to venture on this exciting artistic and musical journey !
In alphabetical order:
Patronage is the support, encouragement, privilege, or financial aid that an organization or individual bestows to another. In the history of art, arts patronage refers to the support that kings, popes, and the wealthy have provided to artists such as musicians, painters, and sculptors.
From the ancient world onward, patronage of the arts was important in art history. It is known in greatest detail in reference to medieval and Renaissance Europe, though patronage can also be traced in feudal Japan, the traditional Southeast Asian kingdoms, and elsewhere
Rulers, nobles and very wealthy people used patronage of the arts to endorse their political ambitions, social positions, and prestige. That is, patrons operated as sponsors.
Art patronage was especially important in the creation of religious art. The Roman Catholic Church and later Protestant groups sponsored art and architecture, as seen in churches, cathedrals, painting, sculpture and handicrafts.
While sponsorship of artists and the commissioning of artwork is the best-known aspect of the patronage system, other disciplines also benefited from patronage, including those who studied natural philosophy, musicians, writers, philosophers, alchemists, astrologers, and other scholars.
This kind of system continues across many fields of the arts, though the nature of the sponsors has changed—from churches to charitable foundations, and from aristocrats to wealthy people...