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Friday, May 31, 2013
The Afterlife of Clouds
acrylic on canvas
Historically, diptychs were two equal, hinged panels most frequently for Christian imagery.
Royalty sometimes had portraits of husband and wife painted in this manner.
In contemporary art, the hinge has become optional, and the panels are not always the same size.
What they share with their predecessors is that while there is a thematic and visual relationship, each panel can stand on its own as a painting.
In other words, putting two canvases next to each other and painting one big painting on them does not automatically make a diptych.
This was my first try at this format. It was a good challenge!