altarpiece

noun
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

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Among them is Duccio’s Maestà, an altarpiece for the cathedral of Siena consisting of more than 40 panels, many of which have been separated or lost. John Hooper, WSJ, "At Long Last, Early Renaissance Works Are Reunited," 28 Nov. 2018 The altarpiece was made around 1434 for the church of Santa Trinità in Florence. Richard Cork, WSJ, "A New Perspective on Westminster Abbey," 28 Aug. 2018 The main component of the altarpiece is in a difficult-to-access cathedral in Pistoia, Italy. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "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, latimes.com, "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, BostonGlobe.com, "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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