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a painted or carved screen behind or above the or communion table in Christian churches; reredos.
Contemporary Examples

Köhn was sent to Ghent to find it before the Nazis stole the rest of the altarpiece.
Inside Hitler’s Fantasy Museum Noah Charney February 6, 2014

This is an altarpiece painted by Piero della Francesca in about 1470, for a patron in his hometown of Borgo San Sepolcro.
A Painter with God-like Talent Blake Gopnik March 4, 2013

The two Nazi leaders actually raced one another to be the first to steal the altarpiece.
Hitler’s Hunt for the Holy Grail and the Ghent Altarpiece Noah Charney December 20, 2013

Historical Examples

In the Uffizi gallery, an altarpiece, the Virgin (life-sized) enthroned, with the Infant and twelve angels.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Part 1, Slice 1 Various

The oldest Nuremberg picture is said to be an altarpiece in St. Jakobskirche.
The Story of Nuremberg Cecil Headlam

It once formed part of an altarpiece at S. Severino, long since broken up and dispersed.
Chantilly in History and Art Louise M. Richter

One is an altarpiece; the Madonna enthroned, with the Divine Child in her arms.
Fra Bartolommeo and Andrea D’Agnolo Leader Scott

Till the year 1526 Lotto was much in Bergamo, where the first altarpiece gained him orders for others.
The Venetian School of Painting Evelyn March Phillipps

He never produced anything more simple and noble or more worthy of the cinque-cento than this altarpiece (now in the Academy).
The Venetian School of Painting Evelyn March Phillipps

Indeed, the resemblance of Bernardo to the Madonna in the 1480 altarpiece cannot escape the most unscientific observer.
The Venetian School of Painting Evelyn March Phillipps

a work of art set above and behind an altar; a reredos


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