Diptych

In it's most basic form, a diptych is any object with two flat plates usually attached at a hinge. In ancient times a diptych was also a type of icon whereby two panels are joined together with a hinge, so that they may fold together for protection when travelling, and then be unfolded for veneration when one's destination has been reached. Today a diptych can also loosely refer to a work made up of two matching or co-ordinating parts and is used by artists in panel paintings and photography for example.

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Queen Mary II; King William III, by Wallerant Vaillant, after  Unknown artist, 1677 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Queen Mary II; King William III
by Wallerant Vaillant, after Unknown artist
1677
NPG D9227

Anne, Princess Royal and Princess of Orange; William Charles Henry Friso, Prince of Orange, after Philip Mercier, and after  Philip van Dyk, 1734 or after - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Anne, Princess Royal and Princess of Orange; William Charles Henry Friso, Prince of Orange
after Philip Mercier, and after Philip van Dyk
1734 or after
NPG D17091

'French liberty British slavery'
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 21 December 1792
NPG D12466

Queen Eleanor and King Henry III, after Unknown artist, perhaps 18th century - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Queen Eleanor and King Henry III
after Unknown artist
perhaps 18th century
NPG D23653

Sir Roy Yorke Calne; John Bellany, by John Bellany, 1992 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir Roy Yorke Calne; John Bellany
by John Bellany
1992
NPG 6193

Stuart McPhail Hall, by Dawoud Bey, 9 May 1998 - NPG  - © Dawoud Bey

Stuart McPhail Hall
by Dawoud Bey
9 May 1998
NPG P730

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