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
Recent Examples on the Web Dutch Baroque painter, only has about 30 works attributed to him in collections around the world, but this specific painting was discovered in the 20th century and attributed to the old master. Shaena Montanari, The Arizona Republic, "Nazi art history mystery 'The Last Vermeer' proves you shouldn't paint with a broad brush," 18 Nov. 2020 The panel of officials from cities and other governments with a say in the river’s future is revamping the 12-year-old master plan. Tony Semerad, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utahns want a cleaner, more wild Jordan River, with improved safety," 5 Oct. 2020 Christopher Apostle, head of New York’s old master paintings department, said the house took its pricing cues from recent works by centuries-newer artists like Francis Bacon, who have sold during the pandemic for $80 million-plus. Kelly Crow, WSJ, "Cézanne, Picasso and a T. Rex—This Auction Season, Anything Goes," 30 Sep. 2020 For many dealers in the niche collecting fields of old master paintings and decorative arts, TEFAF Maastricht represents one of the few opportunities to connect in person with international curators and collectors. Scott Reyburn, New York Times, "TEFAF Art Fair Carries On. But Business Isn’t Usual.," 10 Mar. 2020 The 29-year-old singer-songwriter has loudly spoken out against her old master recordings falling into the hands of the music manager Braun, who bought them by acquiring Borchetta’s Big Machine Label Group in June. Washington Post, "Swift says AMAs performance in jeopardy over music dispute," 15 Nov. 2019 The exhibition opens with early rugged, tonal works from the 1860s, inspired by Spanish and Dutch old masters and the modernists Gustave Courbet and Édouard Manet. Lance Esplund, WSJ, "Cézanne’s Colorful Coterie," 28 Mar. 2018 Maul later challenged his old master Palpatine (a.k.a. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "The Darksaber Made a Crucial Appearance in The Mandalorian's Season Finale. Here's Its Significance in Star Wars Lore," 28 Dec. 2019 Willi Drost, the director of the Gdansk art museum during the war, was an avid buyer of Dutch old master paintings, according to the Origins Unknown Agency report. Nina Siegal, New York Times, "Poland Urged to Look for Nazi-Looted Art Still Held in Its Museums," 12 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of old master

circa 1684, in the meaning defined above

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“Old master.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/old%20master. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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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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