Definitions for diptychˈdɪp tɪk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

dip•tychˈdɪp tɪk(n.)

  1. a pair of pictures on two panels, usu. hinged together.

    Category: Fine Arts

  2. a pair of hinged writing tablets, used in antiquity for letters, notes, etc., usu. by inscribing the wax-coated inner surfaces with a stylus.

    Category: Antiquities

Origin of diptych:

1615–25; < LL diptycha < Gk díptycha, neut. pl. of díptychos folded together

Princeton's WordNet

  1. diptych(noun)

    a painting or carving (especially an altarpiece) on two panels (usually hinged like a book)

Wiktionary

  1. diptych(Noun)

    A writing tablet consisting of two leaves of rigid material connected by hinges and shutting together so as to protect the writing within.

  2. diptych(Noun)

    A picture or series of pictures painted on two tablets, usually connected by hinges.

  3. diptych(Noun)

    A double catalogue, containing in one part the names of living, and in the other of deceased, ecclesiastics and benefactors of the church.

  4. diptych(Noun)

    A catalogue of saints.

  5. diptych(Noun)

    Artistically-wrought tablets distributed by consuls, etc. of the later Roman Empire to commemorate their tenure of office; hence transferred to a list of magistrates

  6. diptych(Noun)

    a. a literary work consisting of two contrasting parts (as a narrative telling the same story from two opposing points of view) "a diptych, a pastoral in which the author narrates the birth of Christ ... first as it has impressed the rich countryman Asveer, then as it has been seen by the skeptic Nicodemus" -- Franu00E7ois Closset b. any work made up of two matching parts treating complementary or contrasting pictorial phases of one general topic "the first volume of a diptych Vegetation and Flora of the Sonoran Desert" -- F.E. Egler

Webster Dictionary

  1. Diptych(noun)

    anything consisting of two leaves

  2. Diptych(noun)

    a writing tablet consisting of two leaves of rigid material connected by hinges and shutting together so as to protect the writing within

  3. Diptych(noun)

    a picture or series of pictures painted on two tablets connected by hinges. See Triptych

  4. Diptych(noun)

    a double catalogue, containing in one part the names of living, and in the other of deceased, ecclesiastics and benefactors of the church; a catalogue of saints

Freebase

  1. Diptych

    A diptych is any object with two flat plates attached at a hinge. Devices of this form were quite popular in the ancient world, wax tablets being coated with wax on inner faces, for recording notes and for measuring time and direction. In Late Antiquity, ivory diptychs with covers carved in low relief on the outer faces were a significant art-form: the "consular diptych" was made to celebrate an individual's becoming Roman consul, but some, perhaps including the Poet and Muse diptych at Monza, may have been made for private use. Some of the most important surviving works of the Late Roman Empire are diptychs, of which some dozens survive, preserved in some instances by being reversed and re-used as book covers. The largest surviving Byzantine ivory panel, is a leaf from a diptych in the Justinian court manner of c. 525–50, which features an archangel. From the Middle Ages many panel paintings took the diptych form, as small portable works for personal use; large altarpieces tended to be made in triptych form, with two outer panels that could be closed across the main central representation. They are one type of the multi-panel forms of painting known as polyptychs.

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