Different types of altarpiece
Experiments with the format of altarpieces led to the creation of many different types:
A single, unified, large framed panel. The pala involved changes in both the altarpiece's construction
and pictorial element. Here emphasis was placed on the painted image.
A two panelled altarpiece. These were often portable and for private devotional use.
A three-panel altarpiece, often with folding wings that may be shut to cover the central panel for
ceremonial purposes. The Walker's Altarpiece is a triptych.
A horizontal panel. Often composed of several panels joined together.
An elaborate structure that encompasses several individual vertical compartments. This multi-tiered
design usually incorporates a predella.
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