old master


Definition of old master 

: a work of art by an established master and especially by any of the distinguished painters of the 16th, 17th, or early 18th century also : such an artist

Examples of old master in a Sentence

He is now recognized as one of the Old Masters of the Dutch school. their collection of old masters

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When Bernard has his final hallucination of Robert by the seashore, the old master tells his student that the splendor of the seas dwarf all of humankind’s great magic. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Puzzled by Westworld? Look to Shakespeare.," 26 June 2018 To take that idea and flip it, crafting an R&B record where the melodies are sampled, recalls how the actual Pablo Picasso treated the work of the old masters. refinery29.com, "Album Review: Teyana Taylor Breaks All The Rules On K.T.S.E.," 25 June 2018 This elegant detailing has the quality of old master paintings. Jeremy Hallock, star-telegram, "Black and white photography master Dave Heath brings 'Solitude' to the Amon Carter," 20 June 2018 According to Musk's decade-old master plan, Tesla's initial goal was to produce a very expensive sports car and then a slightly less expensive sedan, before finally turning to a low-cost mainstream electric vehicle. Brian Fung, chicagotribune.com, "Tesla informs customers the Model 3 is worse than the Model S," 4 May 2017 Her colors, attention to detail and materials are inspired by old masters, resulting in pieces that are classical yet modern and often whimsical. Martina Schimitschek, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Seattle-based artist Gabrielle Bakker, in residence at Lux Art Institute, paints classical characters in contemporary settings," 27 Apr. 2018 In front of you, there is a line of stunning European old master paintings to observe and explore. Nina Siegal, New York Times, "Virtual Reality Lets Rare Works of Art Take a Field Trip," 10 Mar. 2018 On completion of managerial posts at both Torino and AC Milan, 'the old master' was named the first head coach of Azzurri not to be shackled by the decision-making of a technical committee. SI.com, "World Cup Countdown: 19 Weeks to Go - Vittorio Pozzo's 1934 Italian Tactical Revolution," 9 Feb. 2018 Washington needed local allies who opposed the regime, and these often came from formerly subordinated groups eager to take revenge on their old masters. Park Macdougald, Daily Intelligencer, "Can America’s Two Tribes Learn to Live Together?," 19 Apr. 2018

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circa 1684, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of old master

: a famous and highly skilled artist; especially : a famous painter of the 16th, 17th, or early 18th century

: a work of art created by an Old Master

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