A diptych is an artwork consisting of two painted or carved panels

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  • Andy Warhol, 'Marilyn Diptych' 1962
    Andy Warhol
    Marilyn Diptych 1962
    Acrylic on canvas
    support (each): 2054 x 1448 x 20 mm
    Purchased 1980© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./ARS, NY and DACS, London 2009
  • Ivor Abrahams, 'Diptych' 1981
    Ivor Abrahams
    Diptych 1981
    Lithograph on paper
    image: 829 x 622 mm
    image: 785 x 610 mm
    Presented by Evelyne Abrahams, the artist's wife 1986© Ivor Abrahams
  • Richard Hamilton, 'The citizen' 1981-3
    Richard Hamilton
    The citizen 1981-3
    Oil on canvas
    frame: 2067 x 2102 x 32 mm, 33 kg
    support, each: 2000 x 1000 mm
    Purchased 1985© The estate of Richard Hamilton

These can be attached together or presented adjoining each other.

In medieval times, panels were often hinged so that they could be closed and the artworks protected.

Related glossary terms

 Altarpiece, triptych