New Words: reredos

“Everyone who was anyone in the Madrid art world gathered there, from agents working for foreign auctioneers, who were just passing through on the lookout for reredos or a private collection for sale, to gallery owners, researchers, impresarios, specialist journalists and fashionable painters.”

–from The Flanders Panel by Arturo Perez Reverte

reredos
rere⋅dos /’rirdɒs/
noun
a painted or carved screen placed above and behind an altar or communion table
syn: altarpiece

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