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THE POINT

Narrating Syria Through
Family-Run Arts Patronage

BY SHIREEN ATASSI

Illustration by Chloe Bennett.
A patron is not simply a collector who gathers works of art for his own pleasure or a philanthropist who helps artists or founds a public museum, but a person who feels responsibility towards both art and artists together and has the means and will to act upon 
this feeling.
—Alfred H. Barr, Jr.

There has been a notable rise in the number of art consumers in the Middle East in the past few decades. Collections have…

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