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

n an artist of consummate skill

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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)
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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