- 1A picture or relief carving on three panels, typically hinged together vertically and used as an altarpiece: a triptych depicting the CrucifixionMore example sentences
- The central panel of this intact triptych altarpiece depicts the Mystic Marriage of St Catherine, together with other saints, flanked by donors.
- This willful perversion of the prevailing practices of late medieval spiritual devotions is reinforced by Bosch's use of the very form traditionally devoted to altarpieces: the triptych.
- In the first version of the centre panel of the triptych, Bacon incorporated an unsettling, confrontational figure that peered back imperiously at the viewer through schematic binoculars.
- 1.1A set of three associated artistic, literary, or musical works intended to be appreciated together: a triptych on the theme of the holocaust his triptych of one-act operas is unfairly neglectedMore example sentences
- The Third Symphony from 1950 is a musical triptych on the Life of Christ.
- Maazel has previously written a pleasant violin concerto and an orchestral triptych.
- By no means am I insisting that these three paintings literally constitute a triptych, religious or otherwise.
mid 18th century (denoting a set of three writing tablets hinged or tied together): from tri- 'three', on the pattern of diptych.
More definitions of triptychDefinition of triptych in:
- The US English dictionary