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On display at every turn are major works from KAWS, Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Damien Hirst, whose shark triptych and spot paintings are the centerpiece of the resort's Unknown bar.
Managing to feel at once painfully slow and bafflingly truncated, this creaky triptych of not-so-scary tales is a tame curiosity of movie nostalgia.
Every mural, Tia says, tells a story, and the new one, a triptych, is about the aspirations of a neighborhood emerging from hard times.
That image is also placed in a triptych of reproductions accompanied by a narrative interpreting the paintings as their features are illuminated.
One is a triptych of three women unbuttoning and revealing their bras while seeming to almost fly.
This book, together with two of Douthat’s previous books, is one part of a loose triptych about institutions in decline.
Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) In comparison to the Fifty Shades triptych, The Hunger Games original soundtracks are largely bleak, but the sequel outshines the other three.
The Bravo plays nicely with a 2012 triptych by Thomas Demand.
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triptych Has Greek Roots
A painted or carved triptych typically has three hinged panels, and the two outer panels can be folded in towards the central one. A literary or musical triptych generally consists of three closely related or contrasting themes or parts. Triptych derives from the Greek triptychos ("having three folds"), formed by combining tri- ("three") and ptychē ("fold" or "layer"). Although triptych originally described a specific type of Roman writing tablet that had three hinged sections, it is not surprising that the idea was generalized first to a type of painting, and then to anything composed of three parts.
TRIPTYCH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of triptych for English Language Learners
: a picture (such as a painting) that has three panels placed next to each other
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