A painting showing many kinds of art, including literature, music, and painting itself.




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  • From Middle English art, from Old French art, from Latin artem, accusative of ars. Displaced native Old English cræft (Modern English craft) and Old English list (Modern English list).
  • From Middle English art, from Old English eart, second-person singular present indicative of wesan, from Proto-Germanic *ar-t, second-person singular preterite indicative form of *iraną, from Proto-Indo-European *er-, *or(w)-. Cognate with Faroese ert, Icelandic ert, Old English earon, from the same preterite-present Germanic verb. More at are.

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