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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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 In early 1901, with his masterwork still in progress, Schott attended a gathering at a famous Berlin art salon. Berthold Steinhilber, Smithsonian, "The Lost Maidens of Berlin," 24 May 2018 Yes, the lobby has oversized crystal chandeliers (obscuring a masterwork from installation artist Robert Irwin), plenty of gold accents, and a table topped with 19 replica glass obelisks that resemble props in a Stormy Daniels production. Zach Everson, Condé Nast Traveler, "Inside the World’s Most Controversial Hotel," 2 May 2018 By David Lynch Twin Peaks, the 1990 cult classic widely credited with revolutionizing television, is just one of many masterworks filmmaker David Lynch has brought to life. Erin Vanderhoof, Vanities, "Parkland Student Samantha Fuentes Fell Ill Onstage at a New York Gala—Then Finished Her Speech," 23 May 2018

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1617, in the meaning defined above

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: a great work of art

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