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A Polyptych refers to a painting or carving that has four or more panels. Paintings of three panels are triptychs and of two, diptychs. In most works there is a larger central panel called the "main panel", and the other panels are called "side-panels" or "wings". In photography a polyptych can refer to a photograph with four portraits or sections.

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Kate Moss
by Corinne Day
NPG P1274

Akram Khan
by Darvish Fakhr
NPG 6847

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