dip·​tych | \ ˈdip-(ˌ)tik How to pronounce diptych (audio) \

Definition of diptych

1 : a 2-leaved hinged tablet folding together to protect writing on its waxed surfaces
2 : a picture or series of pictures (such as an altarpiece) painted or carved on two hinged tablets
3 : a work made up of two matching parts

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Recent Examples on the Web Art experts said the painting likely was part of a larger diptych that Cimabue painted around 1280; two other panels were displayed at the Frick Collection in New York and the National Gallery in London. Fox News, "Long-lost 13th-century painting found in French woman's kitchen sells at auction for $26.6M," 28 Oct. 2019 Walter Niedermayr’s diptych of a snowy mountain is a mystery: What exactly are those people doing there? Susan Dunne, courant.com, "Photo exhibit of the world’s of gathering places at University of Saint Joseph," 11 Sep. 2019 Together, the stew and the kebobs present the guest with a brilliant diptych, two distinct angles from which to appreciate the facets of a complex flavor profile. Ali Bouzari, SFChronicle.com, "Housemade: The science behind a feast of flavor pairings at Kismet in Los Angeles," 12 July 2019 Photo: Laura McPhee/Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Ms. McPhee’s color diptych of a lodge pole pine forest in Idaho after a wildfire invites comparisons to Adams. Richard B. Woodward, WSJ, "‘Ansel Adams in Our Time’ Review: Reconsidering a Mountainous Career," 12 Dec. 2018 The two-part diptych artwork features a girl and boy walking hand-in-hand in black and white, alongside the title quote in red script. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Prince Harry Gave Meghan Markle This Super Romantic Gift Just Days Before Their Relationship Was First Revealed," 3 Sep. 2018 Today, in response to the flurry of questions about them, West tweeted a diptych including a photograph of what appeared to be a modern version of the traditional Japanese shoe, the geta. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Turns Out Kanye West’s Too-Small Yeezy Pool Slides Are Dangerous," 28 Aug. 2018 The diptych originated with a phone call from Sendak that began with a quiz. Michael Cooper, New York Times, "Oliver Knussen, ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ Composer, Dies at 66," 9 July 2018 Single versions of the diptych are available as well, and those start at just £199. Meagan Fredette, refinery29.com, "Say It With Art: Get Your Bae The Same Painting Prince Harry Gave Meghan Markle," 7 July 2018

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First Known Use of diptych

1622, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for diptych

Late Latin diptycha, plural, from Greek, from neuter plural of diptychos folded in two, from di- + ptychē fold

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