al·​tar·​piece | \ ˈȯl-tər-ˌpēs How to pronounce altarpiece (audio) \

Definition of altarpiece

: a work of art that decorates the space above and behind an altar

Examples of altarpiece in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Examining a Bosch altarpiece up close, whether in person or digitally, yields new details with each viewing. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 May 2022 In nearby Santa María Huiramangaro, restorers began stripping whitewash from the church’s 16th-century altarpiece in 2014 after villagers approached I.N.A.H. with concerns about cracks in the chancel walls. New York Times, 11 Feb. 2022 Federigo da Montefeltro, the Duke of Urbino and one of the most accomplished military and intellectual leaders of his day, did just that in this altarpiece. WSJ, 20 Dec. 2021 Giovanni Bellini’s altarpiece by that name in the church of San Zaccaria in Venice depicts the Madonna holding the Christ Child, both flanked by saints. Jarrett Earnest, The New York Review of Books, 17 Nov. 2021 In a large altarpiece relief attributed to the 15th century late-Gothic sculptor Gil de Siloé, the Resurrection of Christ takes place in a gilded world. New York Times, 21 Oct. 2021 The chapel is dominated by a Gothic altarpiece that holds a polished-gold statue of the Buddha. Lawrence Osborne, Travel + Leisure, 16 Oct. 2021 De la Hoz’s representational piece created in 2012 is an altarpiece of 11 individual paintings. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 Sep. 2021 On the last day, Daubechies visited the altarpiece at St. Bavo’s Cathedral. New York Times, 14 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of altarpiece

1624, in the meaning defined above

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14 May 2022

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“Altarpiece.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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