from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A knowledge or love of or taste for fine objects of art.
- n. Objects of art, especially fine antique objets d'art, considered as a group.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Knowledge of the fine arts
- n. objets d'art collectively
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A love of the fine arts; a taste for curiosities.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A word used chiefly in the phrase article of virtu, an object interesting for its precious material, fine or curious workmanship, antiquity, rarity, or the like, such as gems, medals,enamels,etc.: usually an object of some quality of art which appeals to fancy or to a curious taste.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. artistic quality
- n. objet d'art collectively (especially fine antiques)
- n. love of or taste for fine objects of art
Italians of that age called virtu, that is, personal courage, force, and elegance.
The two variables were what Machiavelli called virtu and fortuna.
In all these provinces, therefore, after the Romans fell, the Sects possessed, and yet possess in part, that virtu which is desired and lauded with true praise.
So that if there had been any kind of virtu in Venice and in their institutions, they could easily have reorganized and shown a new face to their fortune, and would have been in time either to have won or lost more gloriously, or to have obtained a more honorable accord.
Those who may want to imitate these men can be exposed to those vices of contempt and hatred, which as I have said above of Scipio and Hannibal, can be avoided by an excessive virtu which is in you, and not otherwise.
However, let his Holiness's taste of 'virtu' be ever so bad, pray get somebody to present you to him before you leave
MY DEAR FRIEND: I apply to you now, as to the greatest virtuoso of this, or perhaps any other age; one whose superior judgment and distinguishing eye hindered the King of Poland from buying a bad picture at Venice, and whose decisions in the realms of 'virtu' are final, and without appeal.
'virtu', yet there are some portraits of remarkable people that would tempt me.
Lisa Predko/virtu Julie Horowitz-Jackson , owner of Virtu, a gifts boutique in Chicago, has managed to avoid the plight of several other stores on her street that closed in the last three years.
For example, Machiavelli appears and discusses his philosophical concept of "virtu" – the qualities needed to be a leader – with the hero Ezio.