|Duccio di Buoninsegna c. 1280|
"Madonna and Child"
Location: National Gallery, London, England
The etymological origins of the art term "Triptych" (pronounced "trip-tick") spawns from the Greek adjective τρίπτυχον or "Three Fold". This perfectly defines the nature of a triptych - which is a three paneled or three sectioned work of art.
|Master of Frankfurt c. 1510-1520|
"HolyFamily with musical Angel, Saint Catherine of Alexandria, and Saint Barbara"
Location: Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain
|Roy Lichtenstein "As I Opened Fire" 1964|
The modern format of the triptych is usually three coordinating pieces on wood panels, canvases, or even works on paper. The three pieces can be different sizes but are often the same size and shape. The triptych composition may consist of three separate images or could also be one composition separated into the three panels. One of the most noted triptychs of the 20th Century is Francis Bacon's triptych painting from 1969, Three Studies of Lucian Freud, which broke the record for the highest price ever paid for an artwork at auction at $142.4 million.
|Francis Bacon "Three Studies of Lucien Freud" 1969|
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