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List of famous art critics, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top art critics in the world? This includes the most prominent art critics, living and dead, both in America and abroad. If you want to be an art critic, judge these latte art featuring milk foam, creative drawings made in Snapchat, funny pictures drawn on dirty cars, and the coolest Etch-A-Sketch masterpieces. This list of notable art critics is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic art critics were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned art critics.

This list of art critics includes Robert Hughes, John Ruskin, and more. Jonathan Richardson, one of the world's first art critics, based his art criticism on drawing, composition, and other categories. Featuring British art critics, modern art critics, contemporary art critics, and more, this list has them all!  

From reputable, prominent, and well known art critics to the lesser known art critics of today, these are some of the best professionals in the art critic field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous art critics ever?" and "What are the names of famous art critics?" then you're in the right place. 

John Updike is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Art Critics
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John Hoyer Updike was an American novelist, poet, short story writer, art critic, and literary critic. Updike's most famous work is his "Rabbit" series, which chronicles the life of the middle-class everyman Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom over the course of several decades, from young adulthood to death. ...more

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Age: Died at 77 (1932-2009)

Birthplace: Reading, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Poet, Literary critic, Novelist, Art critic Author, + more

Credits: The Witches of Eastwick, The Roommate, The Music School, Pigeon Feathers Ted Williams

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#52 on The Greatest American Writers of All Time

#29 on History's Greatest Essayists

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Frank O'Hara is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Art Critics
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Francis Russell "Frank" O'Hara was an American writer, poet and art critic. Because of his employment as a curator at the Museum of Modern Art, O'Hara became prominent in New York City's art world. O'Hara is regarded as a leading figure in the New York School—an informal group of artists, writers ...more

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Age: Died at 40 (1926-1966)

Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Poet, Art critic, Curator, Writer Playwright

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#66 on The Best Gay Authors

#40 on The Best American Poets

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Gotthold Ephraim Lessing is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Art Critics
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Gotthold Ephraim Lessing was a German writer, philosopher, dramatist, publicist and art critic, and one of the most outstanding representatives of the Enlightenment era. His plays and theoretical writings substantially influenced the development of German literature. He is widely considered by ...more

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Age: Died at 52 (1729-1781)

Birthplace: Kamenz, Eurasia, Saxony, Germany

Nationality: Germany

Profession: Librarian, Dramaturge, Art critic, Writer Publicist, + more

Credits: Emilia Galotti, The Girl from Barnhelm

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Charles Baudelaire is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Art Critics
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Charles Pierre Baudelaire was a French poet who also produced notable work as an essayist, art critic, and pioneering translator of Edgar Allan Poe. His most famous work, Les Fleurs du mal, expresses the changing nature of beauty in modern, industrializing Paris during the 19th century. Baudelaire's ...more

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Age: Died at 46 (1821-1867)

Birthplace: Paris, France

Nationality: France

Profession: Poet, Art critic, Essayist, Translator Writer

Credits: Les dites cariatides, The Dancing Snake

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#80 on The Best Writers of All Time

#13 on The Greatest Poets of All Time

#7 on The Best French Authors

#1 on The Best French Language Poets of All Time

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Arthur Danto is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Art Critics
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Arthur Coleman Danto was an American art critic and philosopher. He is best known for having been influential, long-time art critic for The Nation and for his work in philosophical aesthetics and philosophy of history, though he contributed significantly to a number of fields, including the ...more

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Age: Died at 89 (1924-2013)

Birthplace: Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Professor, Art critic, Philosopher

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Denis Diderot is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Art Critics
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Denis Diderot was a French philosopher, art critic and writer. He was a prominent figure during the Enlightenment and is best known for serving as co-founder, chief editor and contributor to the Encyclopédie along with Jean le Rond d'Alembert. Diderot also contributed to literature, notably with ...more

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Age: Died at 71 (1713-1784)

Birthplace: Langres, France

Nationality: France

Profession: Art critic, Writer, Philosopher, Playwright

Credits: The Nun, Convent of Sinners, The Nun

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#88 on The Greatest Playwrights in History

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Monteiro Lobato is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Art Critics
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Monteiro Lobato is a novelist, writer, journalist, and publisher. ...more

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Age: Died at 66 (1882-1948)

Birthplace: Taubaté, Brazil

Nationality: Brazil

Profession: Publisher, Journalist, Novelist, Art critic Writer

Credits: Os Faroleiros, Sítio do Pica-pau Amarelo, O Saci, Sítio do Picapau Amarelo

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Rainer Maria Rilke is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Art Critics
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René Karl Wilhelm Johann Josef Maria Rilke —better known as Rainer Maria Rilke —was a Bohemian-Austrian poet and novelist, "widely recognized as one of the most lyrically intense German-language poets", writing in both verse and highly lyrical prose. Several critics have described Rilke's work as ...more

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Age: Died at 51 (1875-1926)

Birthplace: Prague, Czech Republic

Nationality: Austria, Germany

Profession: Poet, Novelist, Art critic, Writer

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#87 on The Best Writers of All Time

#14 on The Greatest Poets of All Time

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