Typically a triptych is a multi-panel work comprising of a form which is divided into three sections, or three carved panels which are hinged together and folded. The middle panel is typically the largest and it is flanked by two smaller related works, although there are triptyches of equal-sized panels. The triptych form arises from early Christian art, and was a popular standard format for altar paintings from the Middle Ages onwards
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Discover our BP Next Generation short films made by artists. Follow step by step guides in drawing and painting techniques.
Hold Still photography workshop
Reflect on your own experiences of lockdown through this easy-to-do from home, photographic exercise.
Draw Like a Renaissance Master
Revisit The Encounter exhibition and learn about Renaissance and Baroque drawing methods and materials.