The aim of this paper is to define the relationship between the court and artistic patronage. There have been a number of portraits that have been created in order to fulfill the demands of the heir to celebrate their success and political power. Therefore, it can be said that the portraits in the ancient times have been clearly used to indicate the power and notions of one’s ruling era. Italian Renaissance includes various portraits that have been discussed in this paper to closely assess the era of Italian Renaissance. The paper also discusses that the avid need of portraits was majorly from rich who could afford to hire artists who would come up with a finest piece of art that would not only express celebration but also show the virtue of the court.
The paper also discusses that the era of Renaissance has also contributed in the in-depth assessment of the thrones and dynasty that were losing its power over the nation. Thus, with the masterpieces or portraits they were successful in creating an image in front of the masses. Special consideration had been given to the artists who created such portraits. The paper discusses quests as well by the dynasty to find the remarkable artists. Each dynasty and ruler has a new story to tell when it comes to explaining the manner in which the artists marked their names. Some of the names of the artists that have been discussed in this paper include Giovanni di Lorenzo, Cosimo, etc. The creation of portraits was not limited to the job for which the artists were hired but also they had to undergo various challenges. Such challenges included the avid need of the ruler’s demands and mediums that were used for portrait creation. Finally, the paper will present a restated view of the thesis i.e. portraits have been considered as an element of perfection and expression of notions during the Italian Renaissance.
The aim of this paper is to critically assess the Italian Renaissance and various events where great artists were ordained to draw or create portraits as per the demands of the court and kins. It was noted that such portraits formed the base of expression of celebration.
During the Italian Renaissance, the promotion of cultural and artistic patronage responded directly to specific needs of the Court as a new institution. The dissemination of images designed to celebrate the political virtues of the sovereign is a natural consequence, and examples are numerous in this way.
Following is the list of masterpieces that have been evaluated in the paper for the better understanding of the relationship between the court and its demand of creating portraits. Many researchers have claimed that the portraits have merely fulfilled the purpose of leaving behind the marks of dynasty’s notions.
- The portraiture
- The Medici
- Giovanni di Lorenzo de' Medici
- The portrait of Leo X
- Cosimo I
- The portait of Cosimo I
We can clearly see, then how two different artists, with different stories and different artistic researches, were used by Medici family with similar purposes. As recalled, the political activity of a prince would not be able to thrive or eventually to survive without the continuous creation of an epic story telling that could warrant its claim for power.