This tutorial discusses the importance of works of art, and distinguishes between works of art and artifacts.
Source: Image of Adoration of the Magi, Leonardo da Vinci, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Leonardo_da_Vinci_-_Adorazione_dei_Magi_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg; Image of Mona Lisa, Leonardo da Vinci, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Mona_Lisa,_by_Leonardo_da_Vinci,_from_C2RMF_retouched.jpg; Image of Amphora, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Amphora_protogeometric_BM_A1123.jpg
An object that has been designed for its aesthetic appeal, or an object that has come to be appreciated as a work of art.
An object made by a human being, in particular an object of historical or cultural interest.
A work of outstanding skill or artistry.
The idea that a work of art is the result of an artist's unique vision and not of outside influences, such as other works of art.