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Princeton's WordNet

  1. old master(noun)

    a great European painter prior to 19th century


  1. Old Master(Noun)

    Any of various early European painters whose works are regarded as superlative.

  2. Old Master(Noun)

    A painting by an Old Master.


  1. Old Master

    "Old Master" is a European painter of skill who worked before about 1800, or a painting by such an artist. An "old master print" is an original print made by an artist in the same period. Likewise an "old master drawing". In theory an Old Master should be an artist who was fully trained, was a Master of his local artists' guild, and worked independently, but in practice paintings considered to be produced by pupils or workshops will be included in the scope of the term. Therefore, beyond a certain level of competence, date rather than quality is the criterion for using the term.


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