1A step or platform on which an altar is placed.
- The raised central platform or predella has the ambo at one end and the altar at the other.
- Placed against the church's altar below the triptych with its fixed panels of the baptism, Lord's supper, and confession, the predella participates in the change from altar to table and shared meal of minister and people.
- The gangrene often compelled amputation, and it has been noted in this connection that the two movable halves of the predella [base] of the altarpiece, if slid apart, make it appear as if the legs of Christ have been amputated.
2.1A painting or sculpture on this, typically forming an appendage to an altarpiece.
- Yet, being multipartite, they call to mind the predella panels of early Renaissance altarpieces.
- The proposal was that Donatello's Ascension, now in the Victoria and Albert Museum, was the intended altarpiece or its predella.
- Paolo Uccello completed the altarpiece's predella, the Miracle of the Profaned Host, most likely by 1468.
Mid 19th century: from Italian, literally 'stool'.
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