In a textbook you will usually find only a guide for free painting, but this may be too much for a beginner. But even if you simply want to deal with paint and brush, without compiling the same large image compositions, it is somewhat difficult to find a suitable template. However, there is a very simple way to put together the templates themselves, with which you gradually, even the free brushstrokes to practice.

The story of the diptych

The word diptych derives from the Greek root “dis”, which means “two” and “ptykhe”, which means “fold”. Originally, the name was used to refer to folding tables used in Roman antiquity. Two boards, mainly in wood, but also in bone or metal, were hinged and the inside was covered with a layer of wax that could be labeled. In the following centuries, the diptych became a common means of describing religious stories or honoring saints and other important personalities. The hinge has made the altarpieces easy to transport and avoids damaging the work The British Museum calls them “religious / ritual structures” and embraces centuries of cultures all over the world, including Buddhist and Christian beliefs. Many of these pieces, z. For example, a 15th century diptych with Santo Stefano and San Martino was carved in ivory or stone.

The works, which have been preserved since the beginning, are rare and often kept in the collections of the largest museums in the world.


The diptych of Wilton is an interesting piece from around 1396. It is part of the remaining art collection of King Richard II. The painting depicts Richard, who was presented by three saints of the Virgin Mary and the Child. As usual, the opposite sides of the diptych are also painted. In this case, with a coat of arms and a white deer, both symbolize Richard as owner and honorable. Similarly, the Louvre in Paris, France presents an interesting diptych by the artist Jean Gossaert (1478-1532). This piece entitled “The Diptych by Jean Carondelet” (1517) depicts a Dutch scholar named Jean Carondelet in front of the “Virgin with the Child”. Both paintings have a scale, a color combination and a similar mood and the characters face each other. The back is more interesting, the clerical crest on a plate and the skull with a jaw on the other side. This is an impressive example of the art of vanity and is often interpreted as a commentary on morality and human condition, ignoring the fact that even the rich must die.