A painting or other work consisting of four or more separate panels that are hinged or held together in a framework. Most polyptychs functioned as altarpieces. Pronunciation here.
Jan and Hubert van Eyck. The Ghent Altarpiece (open view). Oil on panel. Completed ca. 1432. Cathedral of St. Bavo, Ghent, Belgium.
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