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Old 10-12-2007, 02:58 PM
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Question What do you call a painting consisting out of 9 pieces?

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An artwork consisting out of
2 pieces is called a diptych
3 pieses is a triptych
4 pieces is a quadriptych
9 is a ... ?
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Re: What do you call a painting consisting out of 9 pieces?

A neuftych?
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a nintych?
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Re: What do you call a painting consisting out of 9 pieces?

Polyptych

A polyptych (from the Greek polu- "many" + ptychē "fold") generally refers to a painting (usually panel painting) which is divided into four or more sections, or panels. (The term diptych is used to describe a two-part painting and the term triptych describes a three-part painting.)
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A mosaic ??
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Re: What do you call a painting consisting out of 9 pieces?

Technically, ptyche (Greek) meaning fold, would or should apply to hinged panels. Hinged meaning they fold.

I see the term quadriptych used all the time for 4-panel works, but I believe like brynmr said, the term polyptych is what should be used. The word quadriptych doesn't even come up on wikipedia or any other dictionary that I've tried. I think it's a "mixed-language" word for the sake of convenience. (Latin & Greek)

However the word tetraptych is defined as: n. painting in four parts, especially hinged.

So from what I've seen, if you've got more than 3 panels you should use the word polyptych, or say "multiple panels (x9)", "multi-panel works"... a nine-panel painting; a nine-panel work.

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Re: What do you call a painting consisting out of 9 pieces?

Thanks a lot everyone!!! ‘Polyptych’ is now a new term to my vocabulary…
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Re: What do you call a painting consisting out of 9 pieces?

Tommy's right. That is the technical term after diptych and triptych... (I have almost never heard "quadriptych" used)... although I have also heard "multi-panel painting"...
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quadriptych

google it

you'll be amazed at how much it's used
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Enneaptych.
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Re: What do you call a painting consisting out of 9 pieces?

quadriptych

google it

you'll be amazed at how much it's used


By those who don't know any better. Seriously, I looked under Google images and found not a single Art Historical example... but then check under "polyptych"...
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A puzzle.
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quadriptych

google it

you'll be amazed at how much it's used


By those who don't know any better . Seriously, I looked under Google images and found not a single Art Historical example... but then check under "polyptych"...
Yup, I know, you're right.
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