old master

noun
1.
an eminent artist of an earlier period, especially from the 15th to the 18th centuries.
2.
a work by such an artist.

Origin:
1945–50

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old master
 
n
1.  one of the great European painters of the period 1500 to 1800
2.  a painting by one of these

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There, informative guides regale them with tales of the old master and his family.
At the core of his collection was an extensive and outstanding group of old master paintings.
Attach the original of your old master electrician license.
In the confinement of his room he made copies after prints of old master paintings.
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