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 (bôl′də-kĭn, băl′-) also bal·da·chi·no (băl′də-kē′nō)
n. pl. bal·da·chins also bal·da·chi·nos
1. A rich fabric of silk and gold brocade.
a. A canopy of fabric carried in church processions or placed over an altar, throne, or dais.
b. A structure having the form of a canopy, usually built of stone or bronze, over the altar of a church.

[Italian baldacchino, from Old Italian, from Baldacco, Baghdad (where rich brocade was woven in medieval times).]


(ˈbɔːldəkɪn) or




1. (Textiles) a richly ornamented silk and gold brocade
2. (Architecture) a canopy of fabric or stone over an altar, shrine, or throne in a Christian church or carried in Christian religious processions over an object of veneration
[Old English baldekin, from Italian baldacchino, literally: stuff from Baghdad, from Baldacco Baghdad, noted for its brocades]


or bal•da•quin

(ˈbæl də kɪn, ˈbɔl-) also


(ˌbæl dəˈki noʊ)

n., pl. -nos.
1. a silk brocade woven or embroidered with gold threads.
2. a permanent ornamental canopy above an altar, throne, etc.
3. a canopy carried in religious processions.
[1590–1600; < Italian baldacchino, derivative of Baldacc(o) Baghdad]
bal′da•chined, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.baldachin - ornamented canopy supported by columns or suspended from a roof or projected from a wall (as over an altar)baldachin - ornamented canopy supported by columns or suspended from a roof or projected from a wall (as over an altar)
canopy - a covering (usually of cloth) that serves as a roof to shelter an area from the weather
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At the church in Torpo and at the church once in Al, now at the Oldsaksammling of the University museum in Oslo, there are enormous baldachins at the eastern end of the apse with life size images of Christ.
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Thrones and throne baldachins, like altar canopies, were mere pieces of furniture, distinct from tombs and their coverings affixed to or built into a wall and from those that were works of architecture in their own right.
The sources for the arcuated throne canopy symbolizing divine, or divinely educed, rule are plentiful; and here again, as for arcuated tomb baldachins and altar ciboria, Byzantine artists played an important role.
While all of the throne canopies pictured in these examples are simplified and/or stylized, the domical baldachins over the thrones of King David of the Old Testament and Emperor Theodosius I (reigned 378-95) appearing in the ninth-century manuscript known as the Paris Gregory, each with a detailed depiction of the heavily ornamented posts of the canopy, doubtlessly provide a better idea of how splendid the real objects were, entirely similar in this regard to Byzantine altar ciboria.
Using real pencil and ink on fancy parchment, Bronstein's idealized piazzas, baldachins, and grottoes deliver the same veneration for detail and precision as renderings by genuine Enlightenment-era draftsmen.
Beyond the prototypes offered by such works of portable Byzantine art, the presence of arcuated canopies in early Italian scenes of burial is explained more directly by reference to the ceremonial baldachins of stone framing Italian monumental wall-tombs for the honored dead, ecclesiastical and lay, of the later dugento and trecento.
1323-37), all include Gothic baldachins that are more three-dimensional and more independent of other components of the tomb than had been the case for earlier monuments (fig.
The canopied, freestanding dynastic tombs of Southern Italy found analogues in France and Germany, but the first known examples from the North of Europe--their baldachins apparently arched, and now all vanished--were generally later in date, contemporaneous, in fact, with both the later thirteenth-century Roman wall-tombs with shed roofs just mentioned and the arched, freestanding glossator tombs in Bologna.