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Dürer's diptych Adam and Eve . The two picture panels are exhibited as counterparts in the Prado .

The counterpart [ pɑ̃ˈdɑ̃ː ] is a (suitable) counterpart, an addition or equivalent to an already existing object or a compliant person. The word was in the 18th century from the same major French pendant borrowed.

Explanation of names and use in art

The French word pendre comes from the Latin pendere ('hang'), from which pendulum is also derived.

The transfer of meaning from "hanging" to a counterpart is said to come from the image of a scale in which a counterweight is opposed to another weight. The German word Gegenstück was also coined in the 18th century as a substitute for pendant.

In art history, a counterpart that fits another work of art is referred to as a pendant ( French pendant , hanging ') .

The hanging of pictures is very popular in galleries , art museums and private art collections. Pendants can be chosen based on a common theme, their stylistic similarity or their size. Pendant hangings are usually arranged symmetrically in the room or on the wall, with a third object placed in the middle between the two pendants.

Pieces of jewelery that are worn as a pendant on a necklace are also referred to as pendants .

Web links

Wiktionary: Pendant  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations

References and footnotes

  1. Etymology and the transfer of meaning using the image of the scales according to Duden “Etymology” - dictionary of origins of the German language , 2nd edition, Dudenverlag, 1989.
  2. Explanation of counterpart: according to Kluge Etymological Dictionary of the German Language , 24th edition, 2002.