Art Term

Triptych

An artwork in three panels

Francis Bacon, ‘Triptych August 1972’ 1972
Francis Bacon
Triptych August 1972 1972
Tate
© Estate of Francis Bacon

The panels can be attached together or presented adjoining each other.

Although traditionally applied to painting or relief-carved panels, the term has also been used refer to artworks in other media which are formed of three panels or screens, such as video.

Selected artworks in the collection