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Quotation of the Day…

is from page 16 of Paul Johnson’s 2000 book, The Renaissance:

Especially in the Low Countries, Germany and Italy, thousands of workshops of all kinds emerged, specializing in stone, leather, metal, wood, plaster, chemicals and fabrics, producing a growing variety of luxury goods and machinery. It was chiefly the families of those who worked in these shops that produced the painters and carvers, the sculptors and architects, the writers and decorators, the teachers and scholars responsible for the huge expansion of culture that marked the beginnings of the early modern age.

DBx: Out of commerce comes high culture – see especially Tyler Cowen’s 1998 volume – and commerce is trade.