Hi everyone! This week, I wanted to talk about diptychs, because I accidentally made one recently!

Often, a diptych is a set of two flat plates (either with an image painted on or engraved in) that are meant to be displayed next to each other. Sometimes they are two separate works of art hung next to each other, sometimes they are connected by hinges, and sometimes they are two images next to each other on one panel that are separated by a line! Though there are many variations of what a diptych can be, the original diptych comes from Roman tablets that were hinged and folded together like a book.

These can be used to display any two images that relate to each other in some way. It could be two parts of a story, one scene displayed across two canvases, or two portraits of people with some relation. Diptychs are also commonly associated with religious imagery and narratives! Spanning across cultures and religions worldwide, diptychs were portable artworks that, especially with the hinges, could easily be set upon an altar. Here are two examples of diptychs!

Piero della Francesca, The Duke and Duchess of Urbino, 1472
Crucifixion and Last Judgement Diptych
Jan van Eyck, The Crucifixion; The Last Judgement, 1426

This idea came into my head to write about because of the diptych that my mom and I made last week! We attended a virtual paint-and-sip bachelorette party for my aunt last week and were all supposed to be painting the same painting of the silhouettes of main characters from The Princess Bride in front of a sunset. All was going as planned at first until my mom and I decided to deviate from the reference image. It made it super funny for my mom and I to freehand some extra characters in the scene! Here are our finished paintings:

Looking at these two paintings, we decided that the narrative continued from the first to the second painting. The first, As You Wish, Squidward, shows the scene prior to the alien abduction in the second scene, Death Can Not Stop True Love. My mom and I decided that we would hang them in the guest bedroom as a diptych for future house guests to get a laugh out of! Hopefully you enjoyed it, too. đŸ™‚ Have a great week!

Research, Urbino Diptych, Crucifixion Diptych

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