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predella

(prɪˈdɛlə; Italian preˈdɛlla)
n, pl -le (-liː; Italian -le)
1. (Art Terms) 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
2. (Architecture) a platform in a church upon which the altar stands
[C19: from Italian: stool, step, probably from Old High German bret board]
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Remarkably little falls between the cracks, although I personally would have liked to see more on the front and back predellas, especially their missing elements.
In her examination of "Dante's Dream," painted in 1856 and repainted between 1878 and 1880, Straub interprets two predellas which represent Alighieri's grief-stricken dreams of Beatrice's death and his narration of them to female auditors as emblems for "the impact of a dream on the poet, whose emotional and physical suffering leads to the production of poetry" (p.
DY: The painter and critic Alexi Worth, perhaps thinking of the predellas, has referred to your paintings as "altarpieces of pessimism.
Painted in 1429-1430, these predellas would have been at the lower edge of an altarpiece and are no more than 10 by nine inches, with the exception of the center one being double-length.
These paintings rest on plywood slabs that, on the one hand, refer to the predellas of quattrocento paintings, and on the other, to the materials of arte povera, a movement in which the artist was a leading figure.
Of the three more special clauses, two involve the front and back predellas.
Removed from its original site in the 17th century, dismantled during the 18th and widely dispersed during the 19th, only its main panel and two predellas remain in the Museo di S Marco.