July 6, 2022
A patron (lat. maecenas) is a patron of art, artists and sometimes also scientists and their financial supporter. Support can be direct donations and various scholarships or buying or ordering the artist's works in order to secure a sufficient level of income. The most famous patrons have been the Medici family in Florence during the Renaissance and the Roman Gaius Maecenas, who gave the patrons their name. Today, instead of private individuals, the patrons are often foundations and states, which typically distribute grants based on applications.