- noun a painting or other work of art designed to be set above and behind an altar.
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Altarpiece — • A picture of some sacred subject painted on the wall or suspended in a frame behind the altar, or a group of statuary on the altar Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Altarpiece Altarpiece … Catholic encyclopedia
Altarpiece — Al tar*piece , n. The painting or piece of sculpture above and behind the altar; reredos. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
altarpiece — ► NOUN ▪ a painting or other work of art set above and behind an altar … English terms dictionary
altarpiece — [ôl′tərpēs΄] n. an ornamental carving, painting, etc. above and behind an altar … English World dictionary
altarpiece — /awl teuhr pees /, n. a painted or carved screen behind or above the altar or communion table in Christian churches; reredos. [1635 45; ALTAR + PIECE] * * * Painting, relief, sculpture, screen, or decorated wall standing on or behind an altar in… … Universalium
Altarpiece — An altarpiece is a picture or relief representing a religious subject and suspended in a frame behind the altar of a church. The altarpiece is often made up of two or more separate panels created using a technique known as panel painting. It is… … Wikipedia
Altarpiece — A painted or sculpted panel that either stands on the altar of a church or hangs above it, its primary function being to serve as visual focus during meditation or prayer. Altarpieces created in Italy during the 14th and 15th centuries often… … Dictionary of Renaissance art
altarpiece — [[t]ɔ͟ːltə(r)piːs[/t]] altarpieces N COUNT An altarpiece is a work of art behind the altar in a church … English dictionary
altarpiece — noun Date: 1644 a work of art that decorates the space above and behind an altar … New Collegiate Dictionary
altarpiece — noun a work of art suspended above and behind an altar in a church … Wiktionary
altarpiece — Synonyms and related words: Communion table, abstract, abstraction, altar, altar carpet, altar desk, altar facing, altar of prothesis, altar rail, altar side, altar slab, altar stair, altar stone, ancona, block print, bomos, chancel table,… … Moby Thesaurus