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a set of three pictures or panels, usually hinged so that the two wing panels fold over the larger central one: often used as an altarpiece
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



a work of art composed of three pictures, sculptural works in relief, or drawings that are united by a common idea, theme, or subject.


Lonkheit, K. Das Triptychon als Pathosformel. Heidelberg, 1959.
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The emotional mosaic of Triptych also lends itself to intellectual explorations of memory, art, and the environment.
Dancing Brave went on to immortality with his stunning victory in the Arc, a contest which Triptych (third), Shahrastani (fourth), Shardari (fifth) and Dhistan (tenth) also contested.
"The uniqueness of the Grendizer triptych is the marriage of street art with fine art, as paints and neon lights are industrially fused with the polished surface of handwoven oriental carpets, leaving a ghost of original pattern underneath.
* incorporate their direct observational skills, value skills, media manipulation and color theory informational skills into a drawing series triptych.
Moving into the theatre Triptych II tells the story of the Edwards family from the South Wales valleys.
That spirit of determination and resilience is in part what Triptych itself is about.
This is an extraordinary and fascinating observation; that there is a sense of space created by the interplay of the three panels of a triptych that is somehow more profound, possibly more religious, than the space of a conventional, perspectival image with vanishing-point.
Some of Bainbridge's duration instructions were ignored, and the excellent introductory narration by Samuel West is indeed unmentioned in the score - but the publication does have the triptych as a welcome frontispiece.
It is structured around the number three, taking the idea of the triptych from mediaeval altar paintings.
The transaction, expected to complete by 3 February 2012, is subject to clearance by Kesa ordinary shareholders.Target: Triptych Insurance NV, Comet Group plc, Comet Group plc subsidiariesBuyer: OpCapita LLPVendor: Kesa Electricals plcType: DivestmentStatus: Agreed
Roy, who had always fancied sketching the pubs, decided to commemorate the match with a triptych (three-part painting) featuring the crowd at Rosie's Bar, The Strawberry and The Trent House.