This section is from the book "The Corner Cupboard; Or, Facts For Everybody", by Robert Kemp Philp. Also available from Amazon: The Corner Cupboard; or Facts for Everybody.
Dilettanti. This is an Italian word, applied to an admirer or lover of the fine arts - one who delights in that pursuit. The word is almost synonymous with amateur, but does not imply so much practical knowledge.
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