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The Medicis commissioned art and patronized artists. By what mechanism was this achieved? Did someone literally just hand a bag of florins to an artist? I'm interested in the whole process, from asking for the work through to, I guess, estimates of cost, then actual transfer of funds/material/?

I'm looking for the physical method of fund transfer. As an example, at work today I might submit a request to purchasing or an expense claim. What was the equivalent and how exactly did it get paid out?

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    Have you checked WIkipedia? I rather suspect that the patron just let it be known that he would pay the bills. – MCW Aug 8 '20 at 20:38
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    Yes, I do get that. I may need to clarify the question. I'm looking for the physical method of fund transfer. As an example, at work today I might submit a request to purchasing or an expense claim. What was the equivalent and how exactly did it get paid out? – Michael Stachowsky Aug 8 '20 at 20:54
  • An article here may offer some useful information, but it is mainly focused on various types of patrons, though it does mention in passing commissions, contracts and salaries at various points. An extensive bibliography may assist your research however. – justCal Aug 11 '20 at 1:57

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