altarpiece

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n altarpiece a painted or carved screen placed above and behind an altar or communion table
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Altarpiece The painting or piece of sculpture above and behind the altar; reredos.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n altarpiece A decorative screen, retable, or reredos placed behind an altar, considered especially as a work of art. In churches of the Renaissance period it is more usually a painting of a sacred subject, but in those of the early middle ages it is frequently of embossed silver or of rich gold and enameled work set with jewels, as the famous Pala d'Oro of St. Marks in Venice.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Altarpiece a decorative screen, retable, or reredos, placed behind an altar—a work of art, whether a sacred painting or sculpture
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. altārealtus, high.

Usage

In literature:

Of particular merit are the fine tapestries and the altarpiece of Venetian mosaics.
"Wanderings in Wessex" by Edric Holmes
Within a few years some artist had the curiosity to examine this then unknown altarpiece.
"James Fenimore Cooper" by Mary E. Phillips
Altarpieces, 49 0 1 10 4 0 1 0 0 Mad.
"Harvard Psychological Studies, Volume 1" by Various
Street and Seine-side and market knew him; he stood in churches, and before old altarpieces smoked by candles.
"Foes" by Mary Johnston
Altarpiece in many parts.
"The Florentine Painters of the Renaissance" by Bernhard Berenson
He opened a studio, following the same lines that Rubens had, and several churches gave him orders for extensive altarpieces.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 4 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
The coloured altarpiece in high relief is by Mr. Alfred Gilbert, R.A., and is a work quite unique in character.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Saint Albans" by Thomas Perkins
The altarpiece is very fine.
"The Stranger in France" by John Carr
The altar itself is of stone from an old altarpiece.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Salisbury" by Gleeson White
A fine sculptured altarpiece, "The Adoration of the Shepherds," is in the Chapelle de la Creche, entered from the cloister.
"The Cathedrals of Northern France" by Francis Miltoun
S. Maria dei Miracoli: Altarpiece.
"The Venetian School of Painting" by Evelyn March Phillipps
Lyndhurst, altarpiece at, 24, 64, 65.
"Frederic Lord Leighton" by Ernest Rhys
However, large commissions now poured in upon him; he was asked for altarpieces, subject-pieces and pagan allegories.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 4" by Various
In his altarpieces he is not sufficiently varied.
"The History of Painting in Italy, Vol. 2 (of 6)" by Luigi Antonio Lanzi
He had a rival in Giacomo Morazone, known by an altarpiece seen in the island of St. Elena, of which I shall have to speak elsewhere.
"The History of Painting in Italy, Vol. 3 (of 6)" by Luigi Antonio Lanzi
Numerous altarpieces and portraits now give proof of van Eyck's extensive practice.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 1" by Various
It was the altarpiece of a chapel in the Calle St. Jeronimo.
"The Memoirs of Jacques Casanova de Seingalt, Vol. VI (of VI), "Spanish Passions" The First Complete and Unabridged English Translation, Illustrated with Old Engravings" by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
As late as 1750 Bishop Burnet saw in a church at Worms an altarpiece of a crudity almost incredible.
"Caricature and Other Comic Art" by James Parton
A noble lady in 1513 built a chapel near Bologna to St. Cecilia, and Raphael was asked to paint an altarpiece.
"Curiosities of Christian History" by Croake James
Altarpiece for Brescia, and short visit there.
"Titian; a collection of fifteen pictures and a portrait of the painter" by Estelle Hurll
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In poetry:

But every wand'ring thought will cease
Before the noble altarpiece
With carven swags array'd,
For there in letters all may read
The Lord's Commandments, Prayer and Creed,
And decently display'd.
"Verses Turned..." by Sir John Betjeman

In news:

Art's perfect theft: the `Ghent Altarpiece '.
In this Oct 11, 2012 file photo, a restorer inspects one of the 24 framed panels of the Altarpiece or Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, at the Fine Arts museum in Ghent, Belgium.
Tucson News NowArt's perfect theft: the 'Ghent Altarpiece '.
Thought to be one of the most famous panel paintings in the world, the Ghent Altarpiece , completed in 1432, can now be viewed on a specially-designed, open source website.
The Altarpiece of Cuidad Rodrigo Full Program PBS.
Ghent Altarpiece to Undergo Restoration.
In the nearly six centuries since its completion in 1432, the Ghent Altarpiece , one of the world's most renowned works of art, has not exactly been a stay-at-home kind of masterpiece.
BELIEF & PRACTICE: Keiskamma Altarpiece September 15, 2006 Episode no 1003.
Art world's perfect theft: The ' Ghent Altarpiece'.
Art's perfect theft: the ` Ghent Altarpiece'.
Tucson News NowArt's perfect theft: the ' Ghent Altarpiece'.
Thought to be one of the most famous panel paintings in the world, the Ghent Altarpiece, completed in 1432, can now be viewed on a specially-designed, open source website.
Ghent Altarpiece to Undergo Restoration.
In the nearly six centuries since its completion in 1432, the Ghent Altarpiece, one of the world's most renowned works of art, has not exactly been a stay-at-home kind of masterpiece.
Website lets world admire 'Ghent Altarpiece' in 100 billion pixels.
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