Polyptych

As I continue to work on building my business I have been hunting for stock photos and other examples of image sets of multiple canvas (or panel) paintings and the like. It occurred to me that there must be a name for these, and it turns out there are several different names, all based on Greek root words, but most pertaining to the number of panels used. The main word is POLYPTYCH which means “many panels.” Typically, there is one primary painting which is then surrounded by multiple smaller paintings relating to the larger painting. These were especially popular around the renaissance period, most often seen in churches. Here are few famous examples:

Ghent Altarpiece: Jan van Eyck (1432)
Polyptych of Santa Caterina (Pisa Polyptych)

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