a work of art such as a painting, film/movie, book, etc. that is an excellent, or the best, example of the artist’s work The museum houses several of his Cubist masterpieces. Her work is a masterpiece of (= an excellent example of) simplicity. See related entries: Film reviews and promotion, Describing artExtra examples The piece ranks with such acknowledged masterpieces as the Mass in G. Within a week of publication, the novel was hailed as a masterpiece. a forgotten masterpiece from one of America’s most underrated directors a masterpiece by Picasso a masterpiece of classical architecture Her work is a masterpiece of simplicity. It is one of the greatest masterpieces of ancient near Eastern art. The work has been described as a literary masterpiece. This is an excellent production of Verdi’s masterpiece.