OLD MASTER DRAWINGS
A term for a European painter of skill who worked before 1800, or a painting by such a painter. An Old Master print is an original print, e.g., an engraving or etching, made by an artist in the same period. The likewise is true for an Old Master drawing. In theory, an Old Master should be an artist who was fully trained and worked independently; however, in practice, paintings considered to be produced by pupils or workshops will be included in this term. Therefore, beyond a certain level of competence, date rather than quality is the criterion for using the term. Examples of Old Masters are: Giotto, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Titian, Raphael, Durer, Caravaggio, Velazquez, and Goya.