It is when these two very powerful groups of people get together that this relationship is fully understood. Artists, during the Renaissance, were often very poor and could only survive on how good their work was. This became irrelevant when we talk about the greatest artists of the time who could command a great amount of money for any of their works. In many cases it was the politicians or wealthy families who would pay these artists to create a work of art specifically for them. The Medici family was famous for this towards the end of the fifteenth century. The Popes of this time were also known for patronizing artists to produce works for them. When the Pope would commission an artist to do something for him, this was considered a great honor no matter how famous an artist was. In many cases, the artist would have to make many sacrifices in his work in order to please the Pope. Artists were willing to make these sacrifices because through the prominence of their name and the Pope's the exposure and praise would be limitless. "Michelangelo at times complained that because of the haste the Pope imposed on him he was unable to finish it (ceiling of t



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