A triptych is a painting made up of three sections. Such constructions are usually made of two 'wings' or 'shutters' attached to either side of a central panel.

Sometimes the panels are hinged so that the wings can be closed to protect the major image painted in the middle.

The scale of triptychs varies enormously; they range from small works for domestic devotion to major altarpieces.

Hans Memling
about 1478
Hans Memling: 'The Donne Triptych'
Master of Delft
about 1510
Master of Delft: 'Triptych: Scenes from the Passion of Christ'