an expert able to appreciate a field; especially in the fine arts
connoisseurnounA specialist of a given field whose opinion is valued; especially in one of the fine arts, or in a matter of taste
English Synonyms and Antonyms
Etymologically, the amateur is one who loves, the connoisseur one who knows. In usage, the term amateur is applied to one who pursues any study or art simply from the love of it; the word carries a natural implication of superficialness, tho marked excellence is at times attained by amateurs. A connoisseur is supposed to be so thoroughly informed regarding any art or work as to be able to criticize or select intelligently and authoritatively; there are many incompetent critics, but there can not, in the true sense, be an incompetent connoisseur. The amateur practises to some extent that in regard to which he may not be well informed; the connoisseur is well informed in regard to that which he may not practise at all. A novice or tyro may be a professional; an amateur never is; the amateur may be skilled and experienced as the novice or tyro never is. Dilettante, which had originally the sense of amateur, has to some extent come to denote one who is superficial, pretentious, and affected, whether in theory or practise.
amateur, critic, dilettante, novice, tyro
An amateur in art.
Dictionary of English Synonymes
critic, critical judge, man of good taste (as distinguished from the dilettante, who merely pretends to good taste)