Events from the year 1672 in art.
- March - Mural painter Antonio Verrio arrives in Britain, where he commences working on the decor of some of the country's great houses.
- The Rampjaar, in which the Netherlands is invaded, results in a depression in the art market.
- Gian Pietro Bellori - Le vite de’ pittori, scultori et architetti moderni (The lives of the modern painters, sculptors, and architects)
- January – Adriaen van de Velde, Dutch animal and landscape painter (born 1636)
- April 1 – Francisco de Burgos Mantilla, Spanish painter (born 1612)
- May 5 – Samuel Cooper, English miniature painter (born 1609)
- October 8 – Abraham Lambertsz van den Tempel, Dutch Golden Age painter (born 1622)
- November 4 – Lucas van Uden, Flemish Baroque painter specializing in landscapes (born 1595)
- November 16 – Esaias Boursse, Dutch painter of genre works (born 1631)
- December 30 – Hendrick Bloemaert, Dutch Golden Age painter (born 1601)
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- Ambrosio Martínez Bustos, Spanish Baroque painter active in Granada (born 1614)
- Ginevra Cantofoli, Italian painter (born 1618)
- Salvi Castellucci, Italian painter active in Arezzo (born 1608)
- Viviano Codazzi, Italian painter of landscapes or vedute (born 1606/1611)
- Obaku Dokuryu, Japanese calligrapher and painter (born 1596)
- Zhou Lianggong, Chinese bureaucrat, poet, essayist and art historian, patron of many important Chinese painters (born 1612)
- Lorenzo Tinti, Italian painter and engraver (born 1626)
- Jean Varin, French sculptor and engraver (born 1604)
- Abraham Willemsens, Flemish painter of history and genre paintings (born 1605/1610)
- ^ Franits, Wayne, Dutch Seventeenth-Century Genre Painting, Yale UP, 2004, ISBN 0-300-10237-2, pp217 and ff. on 1672 and its effects.