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 (rē′tā′bəl, rĕt′ə-)
A structure forming the back of an altar, especially:
a. An overhanging shelf for lights and ornaments.
b. A frame enclosing painted panels.

[French, from Spanish retablo, from alteration of Catalan retaule, from earlier reataula, from Medieval Latin retrōtabulum : Latin retrō-, retro- + Latin tabula, tablet, board.]


(Ecclesiastical Terms) an ornamental screenlike structure above and behind an altar, esp one used as a setting for a religious picture or carving
[C19: from French, from Spanish retablo, from Latin retrō behind + tabula board; see rear1, table]


(rɪˈteɪ bəl, ˈriˌteɪ-)

a decorative structure raised above an altar at the back.
[1815–25; < French, = Old French re(re) at the back (< Latin retrō) + table table]
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Even more intimidating a presence in the Vienna display (less of it was shown in Frankfurt) was the Retable of St John (1520s), by the Master IP (c.
For example, when confronted here by a 15th-century Virgin Mary, ripped from the Great Screen at Winchester, and now with a broken nose, amputated hand and decapitated infant, or by the still faintly pigmented fragments from what remains of Whittlesford's 1520s alabaster retable, it is, as Richard Williams remarks in his excellent catalogue essay, 'difficult to suppress an emotional response' (p.
If there is no action, we will likely retable the bill.
The communist party said it expected the government to retable the three bills that had not passed parliamentary muster the last time round.
After long deliberations and discussions by the MPs the debate was terminated and the Bill passed with recommendations, observations and amendments and referred to the two committees for more incorporation, scrutiny and retable the Bill for third reading.
The chancel was thoroughly rearranged at the end of the 15th century in connection with the arrival of the altar retable, commissioned from Hermen Rode from Lybeck.
In "The Despenser Retable and 1381," Stanbury deals with social desires inscribed in the eponymous object, a fourteenth-century altarpiece that survived Reformation iconoclasm on Norwich Cathedral.
Euvre toujours en devenir, l'eglise Notre-Dame sous la cure de Monsieur Rousselot, un Francais, se pare, pres de cinquante ans apres sa construction, d'un retable de quatre-vingt pieds de haut et d'une decoration aux reflets bleus inspiree de celle de la Sainte-Chapelle recemment renovee sous le Second Empire.
I, along with a number of MPs, believe that if ministers fail to make crystal clear how the package is taking shape, we should retable our Commons amendment on the 10p tax rate, and so block the Budget".
70) As late as 1546-47, the Duke of Norfolk's chapel at Kenninghall contained not only an altar retable painted with "a gilded Passion of Christ sequence 'wrought upon wainscot,'" but six tapestries, "each of 9 square yards," also evocatively "depicting the story of the Passion.
Reservations about the theory that makes the early winged retable a direct descendant of the reliquary altar lead him to give equal importance to another type of retabular structure: the baldachin altar, in which a single figure or sculptural group is showcased in a shrine cabinet enclosed by folding wings.
Outside his house, I asked Retable if he had ever considered not coming back.