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I have two questions.

1) Why is there a comma in the following line:

"the work of art, are identified"

2) What is/are the subject of "are identified" in the previous sentence?

Here is the full excerpt for context:

"Dickie is here developing a direction pointed to in the other (and earlier) of the two most influential writings in institutional theory, “The art world” by Arthur Danto (1964) (to which I will return). There, what Danto calls “the atmosphere of theory,” and the historical relatedness or relational properties of the work of art, are identified as essential conditions for arthood."

Source: I have got these lines from a textbook on art theory.

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The subject of 'are identified' are, collectively (hence the plural form of the verb)

1.what Danto calls the atmosphere of theory

  1. the historical relatedness or relational properties of the work of art

The comma is not necessary, but is there, I suspect, because the writer found his sentence taking on such a length and degree of complication that he felt it should have some kind of break in it. In form the sentence is no more than "The cabbage and the potatoes were boiled". It would be odd to put in a comma after potatoes, but that is what this writer has done.

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