old master

noun

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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In one pivotal scene, Juliette Binoche visits a gallery where an old master’s work, revered for years, had been revealed to be a student copy. Monica Kim, Vogue, "Is It Real—And Does It Matter? How Korea’s Counterfeit Culture Shaped My Style," 27 Aug. 2018 The Frick Collection The Henry Clay Frick House, er, mansion, spans an entire city block along Fifth Avenue—and nearly every inch is filled with the art enthusiast’s collection of old master paintings and fine furniture. John Wogan, Condé Nast Traveler, "25 Best Museums in New York City," 27 Feb. 2018 Just look at his current and upcoming program in San Francisco, with shows on Pre-Raphaelites and old masters, the early work of Peter Paul Rubens, as well as a highly political exhibition of contemporary Muslim fashion (page 328). Dodie Kazanjian, Vogue, "Meet Max Hollein, the Metropolitan Museum’s New Director," 15 Aug. 2018 Its huge classical building is home to a vast collection of fine Australian and international art, including colonial and 19th-century Australian works and European old masters, as well as contemporary creations. Sophie Davies, Condé Nast Traveler, "15 Best Museums in Sydney," 23 Mar. 2018 Robot art creators range from engineers to schools and artists, and AI systems can create paintings from landscapes that mimic old masters to abstract, colorful pieces. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "Robots Made These Paintings and They're Very, Very Good," 15 July 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 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 Prior to their analysis of the Fayum portrait, researchers had successfully applied macroscale multimodal imaging to old masters paintings. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "How 21st-Century Technology Is Shedding Light on a 2nd-Century Egyptian Painting," 26 Dec. 2017

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circa 1684, in the meaning defined above

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old master

noun

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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