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old master

n.
1. A distinguished European artist of the period from about 1500 to the early 1700s, especially one of the great painters of this period.
2. A work created by one of these artists.
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old master

n
1. (Art Terms) one of the great European painters of the period 1500 to 1800
2. (Art Terms) a painting by one of these
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old′ mas′ter


n.
1. an eminent artist of an earlier period, esp. the 15th to 18th centuries.
2. a work by such an artist.
[1945–50]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.old master - a great European painter prior to 19th century
maestro, master - an artist of consummate skill; "a master of the violin"; "one of the old masters"
painter - an artist who paints
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old master

n (artist) grande pittore europeo del periodo compreso tra il 16° e il 19° secolo; (painting) → dipinto (di un grande pittore europeo dal 16° al 19° secolo)
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Thus: bad drawing, bad proportion, bad perspective, indifference to truthful detail, color which gets its merit from time, and not from the artist--these things constitute the Old Master; conclusion, the Old Master was a bad painter, the Old Master was not an Old Master at all, but an Old Apprentice.
The most I had to do was to drive up the cows at evening, keep the fowls out of the garden, keep the front yard clean, and run of errands for my old master's daughter, Mrs.
My dear fellow, whenever my pockets are empty, and I want a ten-pound note to put into them, I make an Old Master."
I would have you think yourself, therefore, as much obliged to obey me now, as when I taught you your first rudiments."--"I believe you would," cries Jones; "but that will not happen, unless you had the same birchen argument to convince me."--"Then I must tell you plainly," said Thwackum, "I am resolved to discover the wicked wretch."--"And I must tell you plainly," returned Jones, "I am resolved you shall not." Thwackum then offered to advance, and Jones laid hold of his arms; which Mr Blifil endeavoured to rescue, declaring, "he would not see his old master insulted."
But when she comes back, I see now that she'll be rich as old master always said she would, and being a rich young lady, what could she want of me?
The old fellow wondered a little that the morose old master of fence should, at his time in life, indulge in frivolous escapades more befitting the younger sprigs of gentility, but, then, what concern was it of his?
"How odd that he should be so fond of his old master," said Herbert.
I remembered my mother's counsel and my good old master's, and I tried to do exactly what he wanted me to do.
And in truth, when it turned clear before him, there lay a yellow, powerful animal at his feet, resting its head on his knee,--unwilling to leave him out of love, and doing like a dog which again findeth its old master. The doves, however, were no less eager with their love than the lion; and whenever a dove whisked over its nose, the lion shook its head and wondered and laughed.
"She was an angel straight out of Heaven," breathed the man, fervently; "but the old master and missus knew her as their oldest daughter.
We visited the Louvre, at a time when we had no silk purchases in view, and looked at its miles of paintings by the old masters. Some of them were beautiful, but at the same time they carried such evidences about them of the cringing spirit of those great men that we found small pleasure in examining them.
There is much to be learned from the minor novelists and poets of the past about people's ways of thinking and feeling, but not much that the masters do not give you in better quality and fuller measure; and I should say, Read the old masters and let their schools go, rather than neglect any possible master of your own time.