It was also recording the people with the baptize and marriage ceremonies etc. Also the contract was often for a work often itself fell into an institutionalised form, e.
This begs the question as to the credibility of patronised Renaissance artists. If the style of the paintings was determined by economic considerations combined with those of religion and the aesthetic then pictures from the time can be viewed as artistic fossils.
Five princely courts stand out for their patronage of the arts and humanities: Milan under the Sforza family, Urbino under the Montefeltro, Naples under the Aragonese, Mantua under the Gonzaga, and Ferrara under the Este. Giovanni Rucellai offered several motives for his patronisation, which Baxandall cites as 1 satisfaction of personal ownership, 2 it serves the honour of god, 3 it serves to honour the city of Florence, and 4 it served to commemorate Rucellai himself.
The competition among painters was strong and predatory. Similarly for Sandro Botticelli whose Medicean backers fall from power led to his loss of commissions. The Herbert Press, London.