mas·​ter·​work | \-ˌwərk \

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Examples of masterwork in a Sentence

his most famous novel is regarded as a masterwork of Western literature

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But the mural was completed by the time Messi and the Argentines arrived from Moscow on Friday, and now the French will try to prevent Messi from creating any masterworks of his own in Kazan Arena. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "France and Argentina Meet in an Elite Battle for World Cup Survival," 29 June 2018 Whether saying Kaddish over the corpse of Roy Cohn or lending doughty support to an eccentric stranger battling AIDS, Brown movingly communicates the moral vision of Tony Kushner’s epic masterwork. Charles Mcnulty,, "Tony nominees: 6 featured performances that stole the spotlight, turning small roles into big memories," 9 June 2018 The great masterworks of the past not only shaped what came afterward, but continue to find their meaning changed retroactively as new works of art reimagine them through the prism of the present. Jeremy Eichler,, "Passing the two-decade mark, Chameleon forges ahead with music looking back," 22 May 2018 Threaded through some of the galleries, contemporary works by artists including Kiki Smith, Shirin Neshat, and Yinka Shonibare were set up in dialogue with masterworks by Caravaggio, Bronzino, et al in the collection. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Where Hamish Bowles Partied, Shopped, and Marveled at Architecture in Rome," 22 June 2018 Factum Arte director Adam Lowe told The Telegraph’s Nick Squires that the replica was intended to serve as a patch in the absence of the masterwork. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "New Clues Emerge in Search for Stolen Caravaggio," 5 June 2018 Indeed, Ailey’s 1960 masterwork to gospel songs and spirituals will close each of the company’s three programs in Costa Mesa. Laura Bleiberg,, "Dance calendar hums with a Bowie-themed 'StarDust,' an angry 'Giselle' and more," 22 Mar. 2018 His words also enhanced his masterwork, a dream book titled Nothing Sacred, featuring portraits of stars and accompanying anecdotes penned in his own wonderfully expressive calligraphy. Vogue, "Remembering Michael Vollbracht, A Designer Whose Vision Was Honed at the Movies," 12 June 2018 Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo and has now served as a stage for the duo to celebrate their musical and marital union amid the masterworks of Western art. Dan Deluca,, "Beyonce and Jay-Z are a happy couple on 'Everything Is Love.' Is that good for their music?," 18 June 2018

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1617, in the meaning defined above

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: a great work of art

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obstinately defiant of authority

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