predella

noun
pre·​del·​la | \pri-ˈde-lə \

Definition of predella 

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

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The companion predella paintings, once attributed to Lorenzo di Credi, are now thought to be partly the work of Leonardo da Vinci. BostonGlobe.com, "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

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