The Ascension of the Bourgeoisie
For Eternal Remembrance
“Collections of the bourgeoisie form the basis of many public museums.”
For the bourgeoisie, collecting artworks was important in several ways: it was pleasurable and the works adorned their residences; it was central to business and, not least, it was representative of their wealth and social standing, giving them access to the aristocracy. Collections of the bourgeoisie play an important role today, both as historical testament to the families, their antecedents and descendents and in forming the basis of many public museums. Some commissioned artworks, generally made by local masters, are decorated with family crests which tell us about the family’s history.
Still Life with Fruit, Dead Birds and a Bowl of Morels

Rájec nad Svitavou State Chateau
Rájec nad Svitavou State Chateau, Moravia, Czech Republic
Coelestin Anctor Ximenes
Oil on canvas
This still-life is the only known work of a remarkable artist of Spanish descent, Ximenes. In 1698 he became a burgher of Brno in Moravia and an active member of the Painters Guild.