Diptych Layout

I’m using this photograph to explain a diptych layout, sort of a show-and-tell approach.  You know what they say, “A picture is worth a thousand words”.   (As if I could explain it without a picture.)  

From what I gather, a diptych layout comes from the ancient world where it was popular to attach two flat plates together with a hinge.  On the plates could be paintings, etchings, tapestries, etc.  The hinges allowed the two plate faces to be folded together to protect them while they were being moved.  (I’m visualizing the starving artist traveling around the country with his diptyches packed in a donkey cart.)   This style of presentation goes back to the Roman Empire, resurfaced in some Renaissance paintings, and more recently in Andy Warhol’s “Marilyn Diptych”.

You can read more about this amazing word by clicking here.  I say its an amazing word, because it sounds very close to that derogatory term, “dipstick” that was popular when I was a kid.  I never knew exactly what dipstick meant either, but Wikipedia wasn’t around then, so I just pretended to know what it meant.

Thought for the Day:  Learn something new everyday, otherwise just stay in bed.                Harvey W. Headley

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