maestro

A maestro is an artistic master: someone who is skilled enough to be considered an artistic genius.

Taking one music class or art class can teach you a lot, but it won't make you a maestro. Maestro (which comes from Italian) is reserved for people with an enormous amount of skill and talent. This word can apply to any type of artist — and sometimes, to people with impressive skills in other areas — but it's most commonly applied to musicians. Master composers, pianists, cellists, guitarists, and conductors are often called maestros.

Definitions of maestro
  1. noun
    an artist of consummate skill
    synonyms: master
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    Hieronymus Bosch
    Dutch painter (1450-1516)
    Alessandro di Mariano dei Filipepi
    Italian painter of mythological and religious paintings (1444-1510)
    Pieter Brueghel the Elder
    Flemish painter of landscapes (1525-1569)
    Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio
    Italian painter noted for his realistic depiction of religious subjects and his novel use of light (1573-1610)
    Giovanni Cimabue
    painter of the Florentine school; anticipated the move from Byzantine to naturalistic art (1240-1302)
    Antonio Allegri da Correggio
    Italian painter noted for his use of chiaroscuro and perspective (1494-1534)
    Albrecht Durer
    a leading German painter and engraver of the Renaissance (1471-1528)
    Domenikos Theotocopoulos
    Spanish painter (born in Greece) remembered for his religious works characterized by elongated human forms and dramatic use of color (1541-1614)
    Jan van Eyck
    Flemish painter who was a founder of the Flemish school of painting and who pioneered modern techniques of oil painting (1390-1441)
    Giotto di Bondone
    Florentine painter who gave up the stiff Byzantine style and developed a more naturalistic style; considered the greatest Italian painter prior to the Renaissance (1267-1337)
    Frans Hals
    Dutch portrait and genre painter who endowed his portraits with vitality and humor (1580?-1666)
    William Hogarth
    English artist noted for a series of engravings that satirized the affectations of his time (1697-1764)
    Holbein the Elder
    German painter of religious works (1465-1524)
    Holbein the Younger
    German painter and engraver noted for his portraits; he was commissioned by Henry VIII to provide portraits of the English king's prospective brides (1497-1543)
    Georges de La Tour
    French painter of religious works (1593-1652)
    Leonardo da Vinci
    Italian painter and sculptor and engineer and scientist and architect; the most versatile genius of the Italian Renaissance (1452-1519)
    Fra Filippo Lippi
    Italian painter whose works show a three-dimensional style (1406-1469)
    Filippino Lippi
    Italian painter and son of Fra Filippo Lippi (1457-1504)
    Michelangelo Buonarroti
    Florentine sculptor and painter and architect; one of the outstanding figures of the Renaissance (1475-1564)
    Nicolas Poussin
    French painter in the classical style (1594-1665)
    Raffaello Sanzio
    Italian painter whose many paintings exemplify the ideals of the High Renaissance (1483-1520)
    Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn
    influential Dutch artist (1606-1669)
    Pierre Auguste Renoir
    French impressionist painter (1841-1919)
    Sir Peter Paul Rubens
    prolific Flemish baroque painter; knighted by the English king Charles I (1577-1640)
    Jan Steen
    Dutch genre painter (1626-1679)
    Jacopo Robusti
    Italian painter of the Venetian school (1518-1594)
    Tiziano Vecellio
    old master of the Venetian school (1490-1576)
    Sir Anthony Vandyke
    Flemish painter of numerous portraits (1599-1641)
    Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez
    Spanish painter (1599-1660)
    Jan van der Meer
    Dutch painter renowned for his use of light (1632-1675)
    Paolo Veronese
    Italian painter of the Venetian school (1528-1588)
    Jean Antoine Watteau
    French painter (1684-1721)
    types:
    old master
    a great European painter prior to 19th century
    type of:
    artist, creative person
    a person whose creative work shows sensitivity and imagination
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