When Elites Stopped Dominating Painting

posted by Jason Kottke Jul 25, 2023

Traditionally, the subjects depicted in Western art were either religious or rich โ€” wealthy patrons paid for paintings of themselves or of their religions. As Evan Puschak explains in this brief video essay, that began to change in the 16th century as revolution, reformation, and the development of a merchant class shifted who was worthy of depiction and who could pay.