Gatekeepers of Art
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There are many individuals and organizations that can be considered "gatekeepers" in the art world, meaning that they play a role in determining what art is exhibited, promoted, or otherwise made available to the public. These gatekeepers can include curators, gallerists, collectors, critics, and other art industry professionals.
Museums, galleries, and other cultural institutions are often considered the primary gatekeepers of the art world, as they have the power to decide which artists and artworks are exhibited and promoted. Curators, who are responsible for selecting and organizing exhibitions, can play a particularly influential role in this process
Critics, who write about and evaluate art, can also influence public perceptions and demand for certain artists and artworks.
As an independent artist, it is essential to recognize and consider the influence of these gatekeepers
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The Medici family was a powerful and wealthy banking dynasty in Florence, and they were key patrons of the arts. They commissioned many works of art from Renaissance artists. Their influence was based on classical literature, philosophy, science, and the use of classical motifs and style. Two famous paintings created by Botticelli and sponsored by the Medici Family are:
"The Birth of Venus". This painting depicts the goddess Venus being born from the sea, with the figures of the goddesses of the seasons looking on.
"The Primavera". This painting depicts a group of figures in a garden surrounded by various plants and flowers, which are associated with the arrival of spring.
The church also had a major influence on Renaissance art. Many artists were commissioned by the church to create works of art for churches, cathedrals, and other religious buildings. In these two paintings, "The Mystical Nativity," "The Virgin and Child with the Infant St John," and "Madonna and Child with an Angel", Botticelli demonstrates the Church’s influence. Whilst these paintings are considered important and influential works of art, they are not as widely recognized for their significance as his earlier paintings which were sponsored by the Medici family.
Even Botticelli, as a highly respected and influential artist, was faced with significant challenges. It is believed that in 1498, he was accused of sodomy and was briefly imprisoned. It is not known how long he was imprisoned, what the specific charges against him were, whether he was able to avoid punishment or if he was forced to serve a sentence. What is known is that Botticelli fell out of favour with the Medici family and was no longer commissioned to paint for them. His work became more religious in nature, and he began to focus on religious subjects. From this fallout and change in artistic direction, "The Calumny of Apelles" is an important painting, as it contains a significant personal statement. It depicts the story of Apelles, a Greek painter falsely accused of a crime. The painting shows Apelles sitting in a chair, with a group of people standing around him, pointing and making accusations. The scene is set in a courtroom or public forum, with a judge or other authority figure seated on a throne at the back of the room.
"The Calumny of Apelles" is considered as an exceptional comment on the dangers of calumny and serves as a warning against the practice of false and malicious accusations. Botticelli’s artistic statement is compelling. It is based on the experience of being the target of false accusations and imprisoned. The Calumny of Apelles is reflectively potent. It represents the turning point of artistic direction and a cause to manage gatekeeper perceptions. It reminds us that gatekeepers need to safeguard and ensure fairness and keep the pack mentality in check. The power of words can be employed by those who despise and or seek power plays to cause real harm and create injustice. Those who dislike and or want to politically manipulate can utilise the power of words to do genuine harm, foster injustice and diminish creativity.
There are several learnings that today's independent artists can gain from Botticelli's creativity and patron management.
One. The importance of developing a strong skill set and the value of building relationships to secure opportunities and financial support.
Two. The need to adapt and be flexible in response to challenging circumstances.
Three. The importance of perseverance and dedication to your art form.