The necessity to conceptually understand a building before its erection defined a new role for the master builder. Unlike the craftsmen of the gothic cathedrals
, the Renaissance architect supervised construction partially because the project could not be finished by relying entirely upon traditional methods – innovative elements and details required intellectual foresight.
The Renaissance architects held allegiance to their individual patrons who were responsible forfunding such large projects. The educated clients expected to be convinced of the validity of a project before it was undertaken.
This required the architect’s skills to both convey conceptual ideas and delineate convincing presentations. Comparatively, the patrons also felt the pressure of competition; their personal prestige was often tied to self-aggrandizing monuments of their accomplishments.
20A large workshop may have had many artists, craftsmen, and assistants, all working together to accomplish the tasks required for various projects. A successful master artist may have had many projects in the process of design, or at various stages of completion, at any one time. For example, assistants or apprentices might have been specialized in one or more of the numerous tasks involved in fresco painting.