Really? 7 times in a row?
Leonardo Zangrando

I very much agree. People rarely understand that prior to the late 1800s, art was entirely a matter of business. Before the advent of private dealers — and, later, commercial galleries — art was done only at the pleasure of wealthy patrons, whether they be private or religious or royal. By-and-large, art (at least in the western world) was perceived as less “fine” and more “craft,” and artists were little more than highly skilled tradesmen: even those who produced masterworks. Certainly, some unique geniuses pursued art for its own sake, but only if their bills were already paid. The idea of brooding young men suffering for their art in cold and lonely garrets is an entirely modern construct.