pre·​del·​la | \ pri-ˈde-lə How to pronounce predella (audio) \

Definition of predella

: the base of an altarpiece especially : one containing decorated panels depicting scenes related to the main panel or panels

Examples of predella in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Saint Leopold and the predella appear to have been executed by another artist in the 1510s. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, "Artwork Discovered in Vienna Cathedral’s Gift Shop May Be the Work of German Renaissance Master Albrecht Dürer," 13 Jan. 2020 The companion predella paintings, once attributed to Lorenzo di Credi, are now thought to be partly the work of Leonardo da Vinci., "The Ticket: What’s happening in the arts world," 9 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of predella

1853, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for predella

Italian, footrest, altar step, predella, from Langobardic (Germanic language of the Lombards) *predel-, *pretel-, lath, board; akin to Old High German bret board, bort plank, ship's side — more at board entry 1

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“Predella.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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