Artists, collectors, curators, and dealers are all needed for the system to function, but the role of critics is up for grabs.
The last great artist who was not a modernist, Delacroix synthesized very complex visual and verbal traditions in stunning works that open the way to modernism.
Connoisseurship, it is often said, is elitist, Euro-centric, and logo-centric, to employ the fashionable jargon.
However we judge Lord Elgin’s original acquisition of the Parthenon sculptures, it’s easy to wonder whether the Turkish rulers legitimately had the right to allow him to dispose of these artworks.
What if we interpret Rob Rogers’s wild art cartoons as if they were conventional subjects for art writing?
Presenting contemporary garments alongside Byzantine and Medieval artworks underlines the visual differences between the two genres of objects.
The other great centers of the Italian art world – Florence, Rome, and Venice – have modernized; Naples mostly has not.