Protestant Reformation and the Counter-Reformation are what mainly changed the status of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Artists statuses changed to "art stars" and "masters" in many ways. For example, Michelangelo, Da Vinci, and Caravaggio was apart of this because they were so devoted to his art and they had a great talent for it. This was because of all the studying that they did for there pieces. In return this made them have great pieces of artwork and it made them very famous. This made them so great because they put as much of there works through the Catholic church. Then when it went through the church, it made all their pieces get recognized and that's how they became so popular, and why the Renaissance period was such a big interest. For the Baroque art, it is more of a complex style. The Catholic church thought that art was just mainly to teach what the bible tells you and they tried to take this to their advantage. The Catholic church created many artworks and they made them to try to get the viewer to come back to the Catholic church and get away from the Protestants. This was at the time of the Protestant Reformation and the Counter-Reformation.
I do think that there are "art stars" or "masters" today. This is because there are such great works of art out there and it will continue on for along time. It will always keep changing and the artists that are out there will be known for their pieces