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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Predella The step, or raised secondary part, of an altar; a superaltar; hence, in Italian painting, a band or frieze of several pictures running along the front of a superaltar, or forming a border or frame at the foot of an altarpiece.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n predella Same as gradino.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Predella prē-del′a the gradino, the step or ledge sometimes seen at the back of an altar, also the frieze along the bottom of an altar-piece.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

The predella contains five Friars.
"The Venetian Painters of the Renaissance" by Bernhard Berenson
The predella presents a symbol from the Old Testament in Tobias, who, under divine guidance, obtains a companion for life.
"Overbeck" by J. Beavington Atkinson
Then above, and below in the predella, there is an infinity of other figures, which, for brevity's sake, are not enumerated.
"Lives of the Most Eminent Painters Sculptors and Architects" by Giorgio Vasari
In the predella, Vision of Pope Innocent III.
"The Story of Paris" by Thomas Okey
In the predella, also, there are some very beautiful little scenes.
"Lives of the Most Eminent Painters Sculptors and Architects" by Giorgio Vasari
"Luca Signorelli" by Maud Cruttwell
A predella shows the twelve Apostles, with Christ in the centre.
"The Shores of the Adriatic" by F. Hamilton Jackson
Beneath her feet is a small predella, representing various persons riding securely in the woods, and others dancing to the sound of music.
"The Stones of Venice, Volume II (of 3)," by John Ruskin
Compare for a moment the predella at Rouen.
"Great Masters in Painting: Perugino" by George C. Williamson
A predella representing the legend of St. Nicholas is by Francesco Pesellino, whose works are rare.
"The Story of Florence" by Edmund G. Gardner