I have added below a historic comment about collecting and collectors for you interest expressed in "The Albertina in Vienna".
"Collecting is not the same as accumulating art works. Certainly, owning treasures, rarities and the pictorial, crafted, sculptural inventions of geniuses was for centuries characteristic of intelligent societies. Much, if not everything, from these earlier epochs was thereby saved from the ravages of time, and much of our awareness of the value of artistic activity and our knowledge about past masters and their achievements has been similarly sustained.
Of course, the desire to win such works may later have found other motivations, but the satisfaction in the property itself and in the status its value may confer has remained constant, as has the interest in the depicted subject (landscape, figure, or abstract). But, perhaps the ultimate reason for acquiring art stems from the need to be moved inwardly, the need for an experience of an intellectual or spiritual nature. All this can motivate a collector but collecting is more than this.
As the activity of ordering and discerning, comparing and clarifying, collecting unites us with the multiplicity of the world: in short, it is a fulfillment of what seems to some to be one of the obligations of being truly human."
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