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A work consisting of four or more painted or carved panels that are hinged together.

[From Late Latin polyptycha, registers, account books, from Greek poluptukha, from neuter pl. of poluptukhos, having many folds : polu-, poly- + ptukhē, fold; see diptych.]


(Ecclesiastical Terms) an altarpiece consisting of more than three panels, set with paintings or carvings, and usually hinged for folding. Compare diptych, triptych
[C19: via Late Latin from Greek poluptuchon something folded many times, from poly- + ptuchē a fold]


(ˈpɒl ɪp tɪk)

a work of art composed of several connected panels.
[1855–60; poly- + (di) ptych or (tri) ptych]


a work of art, as a painting, composed of several panels.
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A work of art involving two or more panels, most frequently more than three panels, since diptych (two panels) and triptych (three panels) are more commonly used.
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Many of the panels by Crivelli in America (but also in other European museums) are the product of the systematic 18th- and 19th-century dismantling of large polyptychs, and even though they are now often seen as works of art in themselves by the general public, scholars have long tried to trace the history of these altarpieces and to reconstruct them, mostly in print.
As we check on frank polyptychs, for example, at least until the first half of the ninth century that the taxation related to a free origin tenant was comparatively lower than that affect the domestic servants.
Whilst conceived to stand as a pinnacle of economic growth, its facade was apparently modeled on the cloak of one of Piero della Francesca's Virgin Mary polyptychs, a provocative re-examination of the relationship between the Dome of St Paul's and an ever proliferating London skyline.
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.
The cycle of paintings, grouped into polyptychs, shows how the artist has drawn inspiration from the medieval Book of Hours, where the hours of day and night were given liturgical significance.
There are some 30 individual pictures and polyptychs in all: a fair achievement for sixteen years of activity, one may suppose, since he painted in exacting detail on a small scale.
Much the most interesting of the unknowns is the Birmingham-born Francis Hoyland (born 1930), whose polyptychs - paintings divided into several scenes like an altarpiece - show biblical and domestic scenes or, in the case of of his Nativity Polyp-tych, the Three Wise Men backpacking through the Lickey Hills.
The obvious standout is the remarkable "bed" series from the '70s: several giant polyptychs depicting a couple having sex in what appears to be the middle of a lazy weekend brunch.
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.
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.