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Retable/Reredos
(638 words)

[German Version]

I. Liturgics

A retable (from Lat. retabulum, retrotabulum) is a permanent structure behind an altar for the display of paintings or sculpture, resting either on the rear of the mensa or on a substructure behind the altar. The retable (or reredos) can house relics (Reliquary); it can also – in conjunction with a tabernacle (Tabernacle, Christian) – accommodate the Blessed Sacrament (Holy of Holies: II; Altar of the Poor Clares, Cologne Cathedral, c. 1350). A precondition for its develop…

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Bock, Ulrich, “Retable/Reredos”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 20 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_024618>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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