- a painted or carved screen behind or above the altar or communion table in Christian churches; reredos.
Origin of altarpiece
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Examples from the Web for altarpiece
Köhn was sent to Ghent to find it before the Nazis stole the rest of the altarpiece.Inside Hitler’s Fantasy Museum
February 7, 2014
This is an altarpiece painted by Piero della Francesca in about 1470, for a patron in his hometown of Borgo San Sepolcro.A Painter with God-like Talent
March 5, 2013
The two Nazi leaders actually raced one another to be the first to steal the altarpiece.Hitler’s Hunt for the Holy Grail and the Ghent Altarpiece
December 21, 2013
It was the altarpiece of a chapel in the Calle St. Jeronimo.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
Pedro Campaas altarpiece, in the Capilla del Mariscal, should be seen.
An altarpiece by Giannicola, one of Peruginos pupils, should be noticed.
The oldest Nuremberg picture is said to be an altarpiece in St. Jakobskirche.The Story of Nuremberg
One is an altarpiece; the Madonna enthroned, with the Divine Child in her arms.Fra Bartolommeo and Andrea D'Agnolo
- a work of art set above and behind an altar; a reredos
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