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In today's parlance, a masterpiece is a particularly successful, critically acclaimed work as well as the best work of an artist during his creative phase. But also other outstanding achievements, e.g. B. of a technical or scientific nature (e.g. spectacular engineering structures or scientific work) are referred to as masterpieces or masterpieces.

Originally, a thesis prepared to achieve the master's title , which is of particularly outstanding quality, is called a masterpiece. In the handicraft , and only there, it is also called a masterpiece .

The understanding of the term is closely linked to the development of the visual arts , architecture , literature and music and is also determined by the culture .


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Wiktionary: Masterpiece  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations

Individual evidence

  1. Definition of terms ( Memento from November 1, 2009 on WebCite ), Encarta
  2. 1000 masterpieces - Renaissance north of the Alps , director: Reiner E. Moritz , ARTHAUS MUSIK GmbH, Halle (Saale) 2009, DVD video, ISBN 978-3-941311-74-9