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BY Marina Lambraki-Plaka

From disregarded craftsman to respected intellectual, the status of the artist has changed over time and continues to be a topic of debate.


The status of the visual arts among the other liberal arts has a long, complex and varied history. It began with a seemingly simple class distinction, as painters (unlike poets) of Antiquity and through the early Renaissance, were manual craftsmen, belittled in their ‘mechanical craft,’ divided by an intellectual and class gap. Beginning in early Renais... View Full Summary