HumanitiesWeb.org - Glossary definition: Patron
Patron

Someone who supports, protects, or champions somebody or something such as an institution, an event, or a cause; a sponsor or benefactor. In Europe, until the growth of the middle classes in the nineteenth century, when more and more patrons of the arts were wealthy merchants and industrialists, most patrons of the arts were either leaders of the aristocracy or of the Catholic church.

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