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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Regnier, a 17th-century painter, comes from a lineage of European old masters. Murray Whyte, BostonGlobe.com, "On the walls at Harvard museums, calling out art’s racist, sexist history," 31 Aug. 2019 Taking these classes reignited Araquette’s passion for fine art and refined her skills in painting in the neo-classical realism style (think old masters). Lyndi Mcnulty, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "An Eye for Art: Michele Araquette turned from finance to fine art, created interior design businesses," 16 Sep. 2019 The term old masters reflected the realities of history. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Is Victoria Beckham the Most Fashionable Patron of the Arts?," 25 Jan. 2019 Best exhibits for kids and teens: Current shows feature old masters (not very kid-friendly), early American modernists, Arizona landscapes, and (starting Aug. 3) Chinese jade and silk treasures. Kerry Lengel, azcentral, "How to make the most of the Phoenix Art Museum’s Free Family Sundays," 29 July 2019 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

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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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