Definition of article or object of virtu in English:
An article that is interesting because of its antiquity, beauty, quality of workmanship, etc.
- Here he assembled a large but indifferent collection of objects of virtu, prints, and curiosities, several of which were purchased in Italy by Mann, which attracted fashionable attention.
- These may be divided into three sometimes overlapping categories: relics, souvenirs, and objects of (sometimes easy) virtu.
- The paintings hung in a small cabinet in which were also located a number of antiquities and objets de vertu, in a heterogeneous arrangement like that of a wonder collection.