a Mäzen is a person, who supports someone with money or monetary values means with the production of a work, without a direct return to require (see. for this Sponsoring). Frequently Mäzene promote the art. In addition, above all Abgänger of universities support the science, by appearing in relation to their former university as Mäzene.
And Mäzene know both institutions and museums, universities or orchestras promote individual persons. Problematic at the Mäzenatentum that the achievement of Mäzenen is purely voluntary, it is thus painted without indication of reasons at any timewill can.
An important function of the Mäzenatentums is among other things also the purposeful influence of the public opinion by promotion of suitable projects ofsocial meaning. Exemplarily could do 15 by this political development of the Mäzenatentums the family Medici in the Florenz . Century develop their own position of power and hold over several centuries.
- Joachim Bumke, Joachim: Mäzene in the Middle Ages. Munich1979.ISBN 3406048714
- Peter Hirschfeld: Mäzene. The role of the rising giver in the art. Berlin 1968.
- Francis Haskell: Painter and client. Art and society in the Italian baroque. With an epilog by Werner shrubs. Cologne 1996.
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