[pri-del-uh; Italian pre-del-lah]
- the base of an altarpiece, often decorated with small paintings or reliefs.
Origin of predella
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Examples from the Web for predella
The predella is divided by painted pilasters into three parts.
Four small panels with a Saint in each, and five parts of a Predella: 1.
The predella of the picture is full of stories almost in the style of Carpaccio.The Story of Perugia
In the predella of this picture shall be painted eighteen figures.Pintoricchio
Evelyn March Phillipps
But this design is only the predella beneath the picture “Faith and Love.”Theodore Watts-Dunton
- a painting or sculpture or a series of small paintings or sculptures in a long narrow strip forming the lower edge of an altarpiece or the face of an altar step or platform
- a platform in a church upon which the altar stands
C19: from Italian: stool, step, probably from Old High German bret board
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