Galleries and museums uneasy about using term Old Masters squib

Critics cite ‘uncomfortable combination of hierarchical, racial and sexist connotations’

Towering figures of the art world, a Vermeer or a Rembrandt, are ranked above others for the powerful images they painted and their delicate understanding of materials.

In recognition of these skills such revered men, many of them Dutch, are known as Old Masters. But there is growing discomfort in Britain’s leading galleries and museums about the impact of this masculine term.

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