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Recent Examples of triptych from the Web
The email from Bonhams to Mr. Scully’s studio, sent on Sept. 5, included not only an image of a work that was listed as a triptych created in 1985 but additional details about its purported history.
The capacity audience rose en masse at the end of the 3½-hour concert to award the performers their clamorous gratitude for bringing to Chicago the entire triptych, a once-in-a-lifetime musical experience.
And Jonathan Yeo, the first official election artist, created a triptych of the three leading party leaders, with each portrait sized in proportion to the number of votes the politicians had received.
There was more billionaire bait inside: Jeff Koons's stainless steel Jim Beam—J.B. Turner Train ($33.8 million); a big, reddish Richter that would not fit in anything less than a McMansion ($29.3 million); another oh-so-tempting Bacon triptych.
Don’t miss the winged altar and triptych depicting Great Reformer Martin Luther – who preached in the church – as a monk, squire and teacher.
Zanasi was a vocal rock of Gibraltar throughout the triptych.
The Wildflowers triptych: The 40th anniversary tour supposedly supplanted a Wildflowers tour Petty had planned to commemorate a reissue of his 1994 solo set.
Despite the differing musical characteristics of his recent solo albums Croz (2014), Lighthouse (2016) and Sky Trails, Crosby tends to see them as a unified work, something like a triptych self-portrait.
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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.
Origin and Etymology of triptych
First Known Use: 1731See Words from the same year
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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