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rere·dos

 (rîr′dŏs′, rîr′ĭ-, rĕr′ĭ-)
n.
1. A decorative screen or facing on the wall at the back of an altar.
2. The back of an open hearth of a fireplace.

[Middle English, from Anglo-Norman, from areredos : arere, behind (Latin ad-, ad- + Latin retrō, backward; see re- in Indo-European roots) + dos, back (from Latin dorsum).]

reredos

(ˈrɪədɒs)
n
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a screen or wall decoration at the back of an altar, in the form of a hanging, tapestry, painting, or piece of metalwork or sculpture
2. (Furniture) another word for fireback1
[C14: from Old French areredos, from arere behind + dos back, from Latin dorsum]

rere•dos

(ˈrɪər dɒs, ˈrɪər ɪ-, ˈrɛər ɪ-)

n.
a screen or a decorated part of the wall behind an altar in a church.
[1325–75; Middle English, alter. of Anglo-French areredos= Middle French arere behind (see arrear) + dos back (< Latin dorsum)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.reredos - a painted or carved screen placed above and behind an altar or communion tablereredos - a painted or carved screen placed above and behind an altar or communion table
screen - partition consisting of a decorative frame or panel that serves to divide a space
Translations

reredos

[ˈrɪədɒs] N (reredoses (pl)) → retablo m

reredos

nRetabel nt

reredos

[ˈrɪədɒs] n (Art) → dossale m
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St Mary's Church built in 1862 has two distinct features - a tiled reredos made by the nearby Craven Dunnill factory and a back-to-front stained glass window panel that distorts body shapes.
Alfredo Roldan's reredos Mother and Child, 1999, smiled a blessing on John's mortal remains in the Lady Chapel of St Bartholomew the Great when I visited prior to his funeral on 28 July.
The reredos and east-wall panelling, designed by the Arts-and-Crafts architect Detmar Blow, were removed, together with the late-17th-century panelling on the sanctuary's north and south walls.
The figures in the reredos were cut flush in order to put a plaster coating on in the Reformation.
Windows, tabernacle and reredos 1966 Ceri Richards, Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral
It is also visually destructive as it wrecks the tension between the centralised space created by Wren and the longitudinal axis focussed on the original reredos and Communion table in a City church which, more than any other, deserves a full, coherent restoration.
These include a strikingly elegant music stand, a very attractive set of tall candelabra and the wooden reredos and altar cross in the Lady Chapel.
In which square mile, for instance, can you see glass by John Piper and Patrick Reyntiens, a painted reredos by Ceri Richards, sculpture by Elizabeth Frink and Tracy Emin all within places of Christian worship or their curtilage?
Although St George's had to be wider than it was long, he managed to create a central, square nave flanked by galleried aisles, with an apse containing a magnificent tall reredos to the east.
The construction of the new entrance would force an ornate carved wooden reredos to be moved into an extended Lady Chapel at the side of the church.
In 1964, the existing timber reredos and the panelling connecting it with the choir stalls were stripped out; four years later, the floor levels were lowered so that the Rubens could fit underneath the east window of the Chapel.
It forms a stunning ensemble with the alabaster reredos by Bridgman of Lichfield, which dates from 1903.