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Reblog of Triptych Design from Summer 2012

Triptychs ("three folds") are probably known these days for picture frames and cards or brochures, but their earliest use in art was as altarpieces.  When closed, two panels are visible and when opened, the three interior panels are seen. This permits the art in the sanctuary to reflect the changing liturgical season and to celebrate liturgies with varying degrees of solemnity. Since liturgical art was used as a primary teaching tool about the life of Christ, the saints and Scripture, the use of a triptych allowed the church to display more sacred art in a smaller space throughout the year.


Altar of Reservation with Triptych
Reredos with closed triptych. Both altars shown.
Triptych on Altar of Reservation
Triptych doors opened displaying three additional decorative panels. The Main Altar is not shown.