Is there any difference between 'artfully' and 'artistically'? e.g., are there any subtle differences between an 'artfully plated' dish and an 'artistically plated' one?

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    Did you look up those words in a dictionary? Artful is a synonym for skillful, and artistically is the adverb form of artistic. – Robusto Jul 27 '15 at 10:55

"Artfully" is more about skill and adeptness than "art". So, an "artfully plated" dish would look appetizing and attractive, while an "artistically plated" dish of spaghetti might resemble a painting by Jackson Pollock.

  • Let's not say things about Jackson Pollock that we can't take back, OK? – Robusto Jul 27 '15 at 11:12
  • @Robusto - LOL! – Oldbag Jul 27 '15 at 11:22
  • Nobody, including @Robusto has made the obvious point that artful carries the strong sense of being clever in a cunning, or underhanded way - as was Dickens' Artful Dodger. – WS2 Jul 27 '15 at 12:04
  • Why are you singling me out? – Robusto Jul 27 '15 at 12:17
  • Indeed there are two meanings of "skilful" and "cunningly or deceitfully skilful" but I suggest they have to be distinguished by context. – Anton Jul 27 '15 at 13:08

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