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Artists as tradesmen

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Submitted by Barbara Schmidt-Runkel (Germany), Jan 3, 2018 at 08:46

I couldn't agree with you and Mr. Pipes more. I read somewhere that at the time when Fra Angelico painted the frescos in St. Mark's in Florence, including his Annunciation fresco, artists were considered to be "Handwerker" (German for tradesmen). I was speechless!

My next question was: Do I do my "Handwerk" well enough that someone would consider it to be a work of art?

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