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How to read Renaissance Altarpieces 


The History of the Altarpiece in Western Art


The year 1215 was seminal in the development of the Altarpiece. Liturgical changes meant that the altarpieces in the great cathedrals and churches of Christian Europe reached a degree of grandeur never seen before. Gilded, architectural frames expanded the size, and rich, expensive pigments filled the fields of vision. Iconography (picture symbols) was developing as the scale was increasing. Join Alice Foster to uncover the different sorts of altarpieces and their uses. How were they to be used? Who would pay for them? Who was going to look at them?