Polyptych

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Polyptych

 

(1) A painting or relief consisting of several panels.

(2) Several pictures with a common subject and unity of color and composition.

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Entitled "Secrets of Zoroastrianism", exhibition featured ten polyptych paintings by national artist.
Single rectangles also replaced the polyptychs. The rectangle, or quadro, was a painted scene in which the saints and divine figures seemed to be interacting in a realistic space (the sacra conversazione or sacred conversation).
(114) Law and Gospel became the signifier of evangelical art, asserting confessional identity when it came into contact with other subjects, for example when it took its place among other, more traditional subjects in the program of later polyptychs. Later retable altarpieces have the benefit of physical context to insist on a singular, evangelical reading more effectively than their ancestor, Law and Gospel.
Her polyptychs are extraordinarily personal, despite their scale and ambition, and often they are salutes to her peers.
Abstract: Alongside the Roman census from Augustus' time and the ecclesiastical surveys or polyptychs of the 8th and 9th century Carolingian kingdoms, the Domesday Survey of 1086 occupies a most significant place in accounting history.
Meilman's own examples of precedents (including polyptychs, predelle, and Carpaccio's Martyrdom and Apotheosis of the Ten Thousand of 1515) belie the claim.
You can argue, of course, that Western museums are filled with things wrenched from their original contexts: Greek sculptures removed from once-sacred precincts, Medieval altarpieces detached from altars, fragments of Renaissance polyptychs made to stand on their own, "homeless" eighteenth-century portraits, and so on.
(In this latter case, what might come to mind is the tradition of European wood sculpture and polyptychs as abstract compositions that begin with the staging of a figurative subject.) Finally, there was the odor of the show--wood and fresh paint--which helped give gallery visitors a perceptual dimension of the work and of the artist's modus operandi, something not seen but sensed.
GRB: Especially with the bigger polyptychs. If you read them left to right it seems like the snow is gradually melting and then rebuilding itself to its initial shape.
But all three polyptychs would have been visible from the grate, which functioned as the site from which nuns received the Eucharist.
Reed inserts rectangles within rectangles, each containing an image that appears to comment on the main images, very much as if the works were contemporary versions of polyptychs, or as if the inserted rectangles were predelta spaces.
The ground floor of the gallery featured a sampling of works ranging from 1968 to 2012 and passing through Brazil, Germany, and Japan: singular images of great power, such as the photo Horses Eye, 1998/2012, which seemed to dominate the room; polyptychs organized with a noteworthy spatial and chromatic rhythm, such as Motel de Babel, 2005/2012, in which the artist spies on an intimate scene inside a motel room, or Cinelandia, 1992/2012, in which he frames the legs of women on the street; and paintings that could be abstract but whose color and organic forms hint at female bodies.