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altarpiece

a work of art set above and behind an altar; a reredos

Altarpiece

A panel, sculpted or painted, situated above and behind an altar.

altarpiece

A decorative screen, painting, or sculpture above the back of an altar.
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For Johnston, who would obviously disagree with the above, the salient chapters in Johns' life are his South Carolina childhood, his bisexuality (which, one infers, runs about 90-10 gay), the influence of Marcel Duchamp, and his encounter with Matthias Grunewald's Isenheim Altar-piece.
Done up in leather, lace, or velvet, the players in Teraoka's cabaret of the damned perform, in epic-scale panoramas and on multipanel altar-pieces in gilt frames, acts of deviance, hypocrisy, cruelty, and brutality amid hordes of animals, rising flames, and gothic and Romanesque architecture.
The author carefully defines the terms and unusual structure of these altar-pieces so long in limbo between the medieval reliquary altar and the Cinquecento single-medium altarpiece that reflected the paragone prioritizing painting or sculpture.