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Definition of the noun altarpiece

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noun - plural: altarpieces

  1. a painted or carved screen placed above and behind an altar or communion table
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of altarpiece: reredos
    • more generic word: screen = partition consisting of a decorative frame or panel that serves to divide a space


Altarpiece: An altarpiece is a piece of art such as a painting, sculpture or relief representing a religious subject and suspended in a frame behind the altar of a Christian church. Altarpieces were one of the most important products of Christian art especially from the late Middle Ages to the era of the Counter-Reformation.

  • also known as 單幅祭壇畫

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Google previewMoving Sculptures (2014)

Southern Netherlandish alabasters from the 16th to 17th centuries in Central and Northern Europe by Aleksandra Lipińska

Almost 6 m high, the Sonnenburg altarpiece is a tiered architectural and sculpted retable constructed around a core of five alabaster reliefs in a marble and wood frame.63 Rising above the wooden predella with its scene of the Last Supper is ...

Google previewThe Humanistic Tradition Book 3, The European Renaissance, the Reformation, and Global Encounter (2015)

Civilizations, Modern history by Cram101 Textbook Reviews

Altarpiece: An altarpiece is a picture or relief representing a religious subject and suspended in a frame behind the altar of a...

Google previewFlorence (2015)

A Walking Guide to Its Architecture by Richard J. Goy

The altarpiece is the Annunciation, also by Lorenzo.

Google previewArt of the Western World (1991)

From Ancient Greece to Post Modernism by Bruce Cole, Adelheid M. Gealt

The Isenheim Altarpiece is a large, complicated work incorporating several wings (painted on both sides) and wooden sculpture done by another artist. With the opening...

Google previewLocating Renaissance Art (2007)

by Carol M. Richardson

The Portinari altarpiece is an uncompromising Netherlandish triptych with movable shutters, contrasting with the Florentine pala, or single-panel altarpiece, without wings. As a Netherlandish Nativity in oils and on panel, it must have appeared ...

Google previewGlorious Ruin (2012)

How Suffering Sets You Free by Tullian Tchividjian

The altarpiece is a creation of such shocking intensity that many initially—and even today—found it repulsive. Yet the graphic nature served masterfully to define and illustrate the Antonite brothers' powerful understanding of Christian ministry.

Google previewWomen, Patronage, and Salvation in Renaissance Florence (2015)

Lucrezia Tornabuoni and the Chapel of the Medici Palace by Assoc Prof Stefanie Solum

A starting point for the consideration of this particular innovation of the Medici altarpiece is a close examination of the Florentine pictorial cycles completed before Lippi's painting, introduced in the previous chapter, that narrate the life of St.

Google previewLearning to Look at Paintings (1997)

by Mary Acton

The altar with the communion lamp and the Early Italian altarpiece refers to the fact that in the play Mariana prays to the Virgin Mary. It is also a reference to the Pre-Raphaelite painters' enthusiasm for Italian art before 1500 or 'pre-Raphael'.


The altarpiece is a painting much admired, and which cost 500 guineas, copied by Peters from Corregio's Holy Family. There are four dissenters' meeting-houses in this town, for independents, baptists, general baptists, and quakers : the two ...

Google previewe-Study Guide for: A World of Art by Sayre, ISBN 9780132221863 (2013)

by Cram101 Textbook Reviews

An altarpiece is a picture or relief representing a ...

Google previewRome, Ancient and Modern (1844)

And Its Environs by Jeremiah Donovan

The altarpiece is an excellent painting of the Conception , by Carlo Maratta.

Google previewIn the Beginning is the Icon (2016)

A Liberative Theology of Images, Visual Arts and Culture by Sigurd Bergmann

Kaalund's altarpiece is an emphatic, profound partaking in the suffering of this foreign country, and it enables the viewer to take part in the Greenlandic people's struggle for a new future. The painting is a brilliant example of how visual art can ...

Google previewLonely Planet Poland (2012)

by Lonely Planet, Mark Baker, Marc Di Duca, Tim Richards

The altarpiece is a pentaptych (an altarpiece consisting of a central panel and two pairs of side wings), intricately carved in lime wood, then painted and gilded. The main scene, visible when the pentaptych is open, represents the Dormition ( or ...

Google previewMalta and Gozo (2015)

by Juliet Rix

The vast altarpiece is a highly regarded Shipwreck of St Paul by Stefano Erardi (1683) depicting dramatic seas and the newly shipwrecked St ...

Google previewe-Study Guide for: Art History, View of the West, Volume 2 by Stokstad, ISBN 9780131565777 (2012)

by Cram101 Textbook Reviews

Altarpiece: An altarpiece is a picture or relief representing a.

Google previewe-Study Guide for: Gothic Art : Glorious Visions by Michael Camille, ISBN 9780131830608 (2012)

by Cram101 Textbook Reviews

Altarpiece: An altarpiece is a picture or relief representing a religious subject and suspended in a ...

Google previewThe Grove Encyclopedia of Medieval Art and Architecture (2012)

by Colum Hourihane

Master Ber- tram's Grabow Altarpiece, 1383; Hamburg, Ksthalle; Jacques de Baerze's and Melchior Broederlam's altarpiece for the Charterhouse of Champmol, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of World Religions (2006)

by Bruno Becchio, Johannes P. Schadé

ALTARPIECE. Altar Small procession altar dedicated to Mary's Ascension (1830). turies, which were immense reredoses (decorated backdrops, usually of carved of painted panels) and baldachins or cibo- riums (canopies). Altarbread The ...

Google previewThe Oxford Dictionary of Christian Art and Architecture (2013)

by Tom Devonshire Jones, Linda Murray, Peter Murray

ll altarpiece veil covering it. In 1549 the use of candles on the altar was prohibited in the Church of England, but, at least since 1890, two have been normal. Many Anglican churches following a High Anglican, or Anglo-Catholic, rite may well ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Heaven (1999)

by Miriam Van Scott

GHENT ALTARPIECE The Ghent Altarpiece is a masterpiece of oil painting and a grand accomplishment of Christian CHURCH ART AND ARCHITECTURE. The massive work was created during the mid1400s by Jan van Eyck for the ...

Google previewNew International Encyclopedia (1915)

Of the Ferrarese work of the fourteenth century it is sufficient to mention the fine altarpiece by Francesco Cossa in the gallery of Bologna, and those of Lorenzo Costa in the church of San Giovanni in Monte (Bologna) and in the Berlin Museum.

Google previewThe Grove Encyclopedia of Materials and Techniques in Art (2008)

by Gerald W. R. Ward

In the Netherlands, in particular, the relatively new field of the winged altarpiece brought with it a reappraisal of monochrome in terms of form ...

Google previewThe Encyclopaedia Britannica ... (1898)

A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences and General Literature ... in Thirty Volumes with New American Supplement

GRUNDTWIG, NIKoLAI FREDERIK SEVERIN (1783– bishop of Mainz, to produce an altarpiece for the collegiate 1872), the Danish poet, statesman, and divine, was born at church of St Maurice and Mary Magdalen at Halle on the Udby on the ...

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Small photo of KOSLJUN, CROATIA - DECEMBER 12: Girolamo da Santa Croce: St. Francis and St. Bonaventure, Altarpiece Franciscan church in Kosljun, Croatia on December 12, 2011Small photo of STITAR, CROATIA - AUGUST 27: Finding of Moses, altarpiece on altar of Our Lady in the church of Saint Matthew in Stitar, Croatia on August 27, 2015Small photo of ZIEMETSHAUSEN, GERMANY - JUNE 09: Annunciation of Virgin Mary, altarpiece in Maria Vesperbild Church in Ziemetshausen, Germany on June 09, 2015.Small photo of JUL 11 2015: Impressive altarpiece made of gold from the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See (Seville Cathedral) in Seville, Andalusia, SpainSmall photo of MARTINSKA VES, CROATIA - JUNE 03: Saint Michael altarpiece in Parish Church of Saint Martin in Martinska Ves, Croatia on June 03, 2011.Small photo of STITAR, CROATIA - AUGUST 27: St Ann with Virgin Mary, altarpiece on altar of Our Lady in the church of Saint Matthew in Stitar, Croatia on August 27, 2015Small photo of wooden commemoration altarpiece dedicated to Our Lady of Consolation with sentence in Italian language meaning Hail Mary in a shrine opened only on the day of Assumption of Mary, the 15th of August More...

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