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predella

(prĕdĕl`lä), Italian term for a painted panel, usually small, belonging to a series of panels at the bottom of an altarpiece. The form was used mainly in Italy from the 13th to the 16th cent. Often added as a "footnote" to the main theme of an altarpiece, predella panels generally consist of narrative scenes, e.g., the Passion of Jesus or the lives of the saints. The artist had an opportunity to express himself with more inventiveness and vivacity in these episodes than in the main panel, where the image was conventionalized to a greater extent. Several beautiful panels from back of the Maestà by Duccio are in the National Gallery, Washington, D.C., which also has two scenes by Domenico Veneziano.

Bibliography

See study by R. Salvini and L. Traverso (tr. 1961).

predella

1. The bottom tier of an altar-piece, between the principal panel or bas-relief and the altar itself.
2. The broad platform on which the altar rests.
3. An altar ledge.
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The predella panels remain a thorny issue: we still do not know how many there were, where they may have been placed, or if Piero's workshop assisted in their execution.
His insight is further reflected in the newly united predella of adoring saints, male and female, surrounding the apparition of a mystical crucifixion.
DY: What is the function of the predella paintings--the smaller oils done from direct observation--surrounding some of your larger synthetic pictures?
Un dialogo che Viola affronta sia dal punto di vista formale, prendendo per esempio spunto per le sue composizioni dalla pala d'altare rinascimentale, o dalla predella, sia dal punto di vista concettuale, con riflessioni sull'architettura delle chiese toscane, viste come spazi al tempo stesso acustici e visuali.
In other projects ire employed that yew Italian device, the predella, originally a band of small narrative panels at the base of an altarpiece.
The entire piece is supported by a predella on the altar, which raises the retable from the altar table.
Through a thoroughly engaging comparison of Joos van Gent's late fifteenth-century Urbino altarpiece Communion of the Apostles with its predella entitled Profanation of the Host by Paolo Uccello, the chapter explores the relations and tensions between faith and doubt, between Christians and Jews, between membership in a community and exclusion, and finally "between beliefs and representations" (Gallagher and Greenblatt, 107).
This small picture was originally part of the predella (a series of small panels at the bottom of a large altarpiece), probably painted for the church of San Domenico in Orvieto.
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3), already strongly imprinted by Leonardo; the luminous altarpiece now in the Alana Collection; and the Pala Pugliese, complete with predella, for Leccetto, now in Saint Louis.
The reconstruction includes only the main panel and two fragments from the predella (many key pieces, including the side panels and pinnacles, are lost).