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Diptychs

A painting or relief sculpture that consists of two parts that are intended to be viewed and appreciated together. The term diptych is derived from an ancient Roman term for a hinged writing tablet common at the time. Small, hinged diptychs became popular during the European middle ages as a way to carry devotional artwork for a little prayer on the road. Today, diptychs are a rarely used but still interesting compositional format. Think three is better than two? Check out the triptych!

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Marilyn Diptych, Andy Warhol

Marilyn Diptych Andy Warhol, 1962

Portrait of the Duchess of Urbino, Piero della Francesca

Portrait of the Duchess of Urbino Piero della Francesca, 1465 – 1466

Portrait of the Duke of Urbino, Piero della Francesca

Portrait of the Duke of Urbino Piero della Francesca, 1465 – 1466

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