Art criticism
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1. Concept

These is no consensus on the definition of art criticism, especially in respect of where it differs from art history and art theory. A broad concept of art criticism would encompass all writing about art, or a historical practice of discussing art, from Antiquity (Plato, Aristotle) through medieval writings, Renaissance treatises, and Baroque art theory to the exhibition critiques of th…

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Golab, Jakob, “Art criticism”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Executive editor of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy. Consulted online on 21 March 2018 <>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160321

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