altar piece

black marble altar and altar piece by Alessandro Vittoria, c.1600; Chapel of the Crucifix, Church of Saints John and Paul, Venice, Italy; photographed on 13 May 2015 by Didier Descouens; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

Painted or frescoed picture on the wall or hung in frame above the altar; a statue or statuary group on the altar. See also reredos.

MLA Citation

  • “altar piece”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 26 October 2018. Web. 20 May 2019. <>