The Changing Status of the Artist

How our modern notion of artistic “genius” came into being

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Self-portrait or “Philosophy” (c.1645) by Salvator Rosa. Oil on canvas. National Gallery, London. Image source Wikimedia Commons. The Latin inscription reads, “Be quiet, unless your speech be better than silence.”

Artist as craftsman

Artist as learned individual

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Alberti’s diagram showing pillars in perspective on a grid in Della Pittura. Image source Wikimedia Commons
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The School of Athens (1509–1511) by Raphael. Fresco at the Raphael Rooms, Apostolic Palace, Vatican City. Image source Wikimedia Commons

Artist as perfectionist

Artist as Genius

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Wanderer above the Sea of Fog (c. 1818) by Caspar David Friedrich. Kunsthalle Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany. Source Wikimedia Commons
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