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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (3)

1. love of or taste for fine objects of art;
[syn: virtu, vertu, connoisseurship]

2. artistic quality;
[syn: virtu, vertu]

3. objet d'art collectively (especially fine antiques);

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Virtu \Vir*tu"\ (?; 277), n. [It. virt[`u] virtue, excellence, from L. virtus. See Virtue.] A love of the fine arts; a taste for curiosities. --J. Spence. [1913 Webster] An article of virtu, or a piece of virtu an object of art or antiquity; a curiosity, such as those found in museums or private collections. [1913 Webster] I had thoughts, in my chambers to place it in view, To be shown to my friends as a piece of virt[`u]. --Goldsmith. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

virtu n 1: love of or taste for fine objects of art [syn: virtu, vertu, connoisseurship] 2: artistic quality [syn: virtu, vertu] 3: objet d'art collectively (especially fine antiques)
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

43 Moby Thesaurus words for "virtu": aesthetics, art, art object, artistic skill, artistic taste, artistry, arty-craftiness, brainchild, bric-a-brac, classic, composition, connoisseurship, creation, design, dilettantism, epicureanism, epicurism, expertise, expertism, flair, friandise, gastronomy, grotesque, kitsch, master, masterpiece, masterwork, mobile, museum piece, nude, old master, pasticcio, pastiche, piece, piece of virtu, stabile, statue, still life, study, talent, virtuosity, work, work of art