Who knows what politicians and patrons were really like during the Italian Renaissance? Could they have been any worse than those we have today? Seen here, the death mask of Lorenzo de Medici, the Florentine often said to be the reason the Renaissance took place. The mask, part of a Botticelli exhibit at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, reminded me that even the greatest art patrons, who knew how important artists were to civilization, pass from this world. As do those present-day connivers who aim to cut funds for the arts.