al·​tar·​piece | \ˈȯl-tər-ˌpēs \

Definition of altarpiece 

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

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The main component of the altarpiece is in a difficult-to-access cathedral in Pistoia, Italy. Susan Dunne,, "Yale Art Gallery Unravels Leonardo Da Vinci Mysteries," 3 July 2018 Acquisitions during his tenure included 18th-century portraits of Inca kings, a 14th-century Florentine altarpiece and a bequest of 20th-century works from the New York collection of Edith and Milton Lowenthal. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Robert T. Buck, Who Revitalized Brooklyn Museum, Dies at 79," 12 Apr. 2018 Mimi Lauter’s ebullient pastel works at Blum & Poe play with the format of multipart European altarpieces, creating the effect of a chapel in the large downstairs gallery. Sharon Mizota,, "At Blum & Poe, bow down to the ecstatic painting of Mimi Lauter," 30 May 2018 Consider the centuries of ravishing Catholic artworks: medieval altarpieces, Raphael Madonnas, the stained glass at Chartres. Rhonda Garelick, The Cut, "The Met’s ‘Heavenly Bodies’ Show Is Worth the Pilgrimage," 10 May 2018 But upon closer examination, Mr. Warren said, conservators agreed it was painted by Mr. van Veen, a 16th-century Dutch painter and draftsman who became known for altarpiece decorations and his illustrations for emblem books. Laura M. Holson, New York Times, "A Lost Painting Is Rediscovered. Have You Checked Your Closets Lately?," 5 Apr. 2018 The altarpiece’s dates place Leonardo at the scene. Cate Mcquaid,, "Did Leonardo da Vinci have a hand in a Worcester Art Museum painting?," 8 Mar. 2018 But the two solid panels of music did create an immersive experience, a kind of musical altarpiece – to Schiff. Peter Dobrin,, "Pianist András Schiff is a master of detail at the Kimmel," 1 Apr. 2018 The two were young artists employed at Verrocchio’s workshop when the altarpiece was made, between 1475 and 1479. Cate Mcquaid,, "Did Leonardo da Vinci have a hand in a Worcester Art Museum painting?," 8 Mar. 2018

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1624, in the meaning defined above

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