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Why Entrepreneurs are Shepherds of Renaissance Entrepreneur's editor-in-chief Amy Cosper proves why her degree in art history is relevant in business journalism, and why relevance is imperative in business.

By Amy Cosper

This story appears in the May 2015 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

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Great effort is required to arrest decay and restore vigor. One must exercise proper deliberation, plan carefully before making a move, and be alert in guarding against relapse following a renaissance. —Horace

I make no apologies for holding a degree in Italian art history. No, I didn't major in business or journalism, the fields that would become my specialties. For several jobless years after graduating, I was marked with the scarlet letter A (for art history). But, still, I hold that choice dear.

Art is a good teacher. Its lessons are not solely of the canvas. I learned about history and culture, money, religion and philosophy, war, documentation, experimentation and creativity. I learned the business of politics. I can also identify obscure artworks in strange places. (Don't discount how handy this is for trivia games.)

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