Fine Arts. the base of an altarpiece, often decorated with small paintings or reliefs.
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How to use predella in a sentence
But this design is only the predella beneath the picture “Faith and Love.”Theodore Watts-Dunton | James Douglas
The three small predella pictures , the Nativity, the martyrdom of Sts.The Story of Florence | Edmund G. Gardner
The predella pictures are of scenes in the life of St. Hyacinth, who therefore is probably the subject of our panel also.
This picture was formerly the predella of an altar-piece in San Domenico at Fiesole.
Two compartments of a predella by him are in the Accademia at Florence, a fourth being in the Louvre.
British Dictionary definitions for predella
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
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