Apredella is the base on which an altarpiece sits. It is usually decorated with sculpture relief or painting and the subject chosen normally refers to that of the main scenes of the altarpiece. So, for example, the predella in Gentile da Fabriano's Adoration of the Magi (1423; Florence, Uffizi) complements the central scene with narratives from the infancy of Christ, namely the Nativity, Flight into Egypt, and Presentation in the Temple. Giovanni Bellini's Pesaro Altarpiece (1470s; Pesaro, Museo Civico) includes St. George along the frame and his killing the dragon on the predella. A final example is Fra Angelico's Linaiuoli Altarpiece (1433; Florence, Museo di San Marco), which shows Sts. Peter and Mark in the outer panels and St. Peter Preaching and the Martyrdom of St. Mark on the predella.

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  • Predella — Pre*del la, n. [It.] The step, or raised secondary part, of an altar; a superaltar; hence, in Italian painting, a band or frieze of several pictures running along the front of a superaltar, or forming a border or frame at the foot of an… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Predella — (ital.), der oberste Stufenabsatz vor dem Altar (auch suppedaneum); dann ein Aufsatz auf dem Altar hinter der Altarplatte (mensa), der zum Stellen der Leuchter, Reliquiarien etc. dient und an seiner Vorderseite gewöhnlich mit Bildwerken in… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Predella — (ital.), Stufentritt auf der hintern Seite des Altars; Sockelgemälde eines Altaraufsatzes (s. Flügelaltar nebst Abb. 606) …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • predella — /pre dɛl:a/ s.f. [dal longob. predel, pretel assicella ]. 1. (arred.) [tavola di legno usata come sostegno di un mobile, spec. di una cattedra nelle aule scolastiche] ▶◀ pedana, piattaforma. 2. (trasp.) [piano d appoggio per salire su mezzi di… …   Enciclopedia Italiana

  • Predella — Die Beweinung – Predella der ersten und zweiten Schauseite des Isenheimer Altars …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Predella — A predella is the platform or step on which an altar stands ( predalla It. = kneeling stool). In painting, predella refers to the paintings or sculptures running along the frame at the bottom of an altarpiece. In later medieval and Renaissance… …   Wikipedia

  • Predella — Pre|dẹl|la 〈f.; , s od. dẹl|len〉 meist verzierter Untersatz, Sockel des Flügelaltars [ital. „Sockel“; vermutl. <ahd. bret „Brett“] * * * Pre|dẹl|la, die; , s u. …ellen, Pre|dẹl|le, die; , n [(frz. prédelle <) ital. predella, wohl aus… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • predella — noun Etymology: Italian, footrest, altar step, predella, from Langobardic (Germanic language of the Lombards) *predel , *pretel , lath, board; akin to Old High German bret board, bort plank, ship s side more at board Date: 1853 the base of an… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • predella — {{hw}}{{predella}}{{/hw}}s. f. 1 Largo gradino di legno che fa da base a un mobile: la predella della cattedra | Gradino ampio dell altare. 2 Parte inferiore del polittico e della pala d altare, divisa in più parti …   Enciclopedia di italiano

  • Predella — Pre|del|la die; , Plur. s u. ...llen, auch Pre|d’el|le die; , n unter Einfluss von fr. prédelle aus gleichbed. it. predella, dies wohl aus dem Germ. (vgl. dt. Brett)>: 1. oberste Altarstufe. 2. Staffel eines [spätgot.] Altars mit gemaltem od.… …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

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