Last edited 07 Jul 2021



This retable with scenes from the life of Saint Andrew is housed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Gardner’s Art Through the Ages (eighth edition) was published in 1986 by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. It was written by Horst de la Croix and Richard G. Tansey.

It defines retable as: “An architectural screen or wall above and behind an altar, usually containing a painting, sculpture, carving or other decoration. ”

A retable can be a simple shelf or it can be an elaborate structure. It is sometimes associated with an altarpiece and may be constructed in conjunction with structures around the altar.

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