Connoisseur

DEFINITION

A person, amateur or professional, who through experience, has become highly sensitive to beauty in art. One who professes to know about such matters. A rarely used synonym is iconophile. Many postmodernists find the idea of any connoisseur repugnant.(pr. kah-nə-SəR)Artists' pictures of connoisseurs:Pieter Bruegel (Netherlandish,1525?-1569), Artist and Connoisseur, 1565, pen and ink on paper, 25 x 22 cm, Graphische Sammlung Albertina, Vienna. See Northern Renaissance and self-portrait.

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