noun \ˈbl-də-kən, ˈbal-\
plural baldachins or baldachinos

Definition of BALDACHIN

:  a cloth canopy fixed or carried over an important person or a sacred object
:  a rich embroidered fabric of silk and gold
:  an ornamental structure resembling a canopy used especially over an altar

Variants of BALDACHIN

bal·da·chin or bal·da·chi·no \ˌbal-də-ˈkē-(ˌ)nō, ˌbäl-\


Italian baldacchino, from Baldacco Baghdad, Iraq
First Known Use: 1537


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Baldachin, St. Peter's, Vatican City, by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, 1624–33—SCALA/Art Resource, New York

Freestanding canopy of stone, wood, or metal over an altar or tomb. The Italian term baldacchino originally referred to brocaded material from Baghdad hung as a canopy over an altar or throne. The characteristic architectural form consists of four columns supporting entablatures, which carry miniature colonnades topped by a pyramidal or gabled roof. Gian Lorenzo Bernini's famous bronze baldachin (1624–33) stands at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.


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