Definition of baldachin in English:


(also baldaquin, baldacchino)


  • A ceremonial canopy of stone, metal, or fabric over an altar, throne, or doorway.

    • ‘Set on the north boundary on a decking platform with a cantilevered shelter over it, it is a single cubic mass, a pristine altar to the outdoor life under a hardwood baldacchino.’
    • ‘A metaphor for the sky, this modern baldacchino also frees them from any technica l requirements except supporting themselves.’
    • ‘In the vast basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano the priests bustled like beetles around the baldacchino as they presided over Midnight Mass.’
    • ‘The motif was developed for the side ‘walls’ of the baldacchino in Burges and Henry Clutton's winning entry for the Lille Cathedral competition in 1856.’
    • ‘This gilded silver casket was made in the form of a Gothic church that echoes the design of both the Ste-Chapelle and the baldachin that sheltered the grand chasse.’
    • ‘Icon screens came down and baroque marble altars with baldacchinos went up.’
    • ‘The twisted columns of Bernini's baldacchino above Saint Peter's tomb, as yet not found, do not announce his resurrection.’
    • ‘Heydenreich's windows are hybrid creations: although the columns announce their Italian provenance, the statues of saints are sheltered by diminutive baldachins of Gothic tracery.’
    • ‘Whereas Gossaert's outer frame conceals the termination of the baldachins, the replica extends them to their projected spires and highest vaults.’
    • ‘The central baldachin in Gossaert's Malvagna triptych contains a number of individual tracery figures that are essential to its design.’
    • ‘The centerpiece depicts the empress enthroned under a baldachin and surrounded by figures of Hercules, Minerva, Mars, and other gods celebrating her military achievements.’
    • ‘Also among the rich assortment of intriguing pieces that fill each page are panels dating from c.1600, decorated with saints standing beneath baldacchinos.’
    • ‘De Rossi, a younger sculptor, had worked under Bernini on the baldacchino.’
    • ‘On the surrounding walls are photocopied renderings of ornate twisted columns that evoke Bernini's monumental baldachin in St. Peter's - which is surmounted by a golden orb.’
    • ‘In this image, the bishop carries a monstrance under the shelter of a portable baldachin decorated with the images of various saints and martyrs.’
    • ‘His chief undertaking in Padua was a new high altar for the Santo, and its seven bronze statues and 22 reliefs were originally arranged beneath a baldacchino as a sacra conversazione.’
    • ‘The building, rich with turrets, parapets, statues, and heavy baldachins, is greater than the sum of its parts.’
    • ‘A sofa with a baldachin is forced onto its stilted knees.’
    • ‘The whole forms a remarkable three-dimensional baldachin for the chapel, as sculptural as it is architectural.’
    • ‘At the conclusion of Mass, we returned to the nave and sang Lorenzo Perosi's fanfaric setting of the ‘Tu es Petrus’ text in front of Bernini's bronze baldacchino.’


Late 16th century (denoting a rich brocade of silk and gold thread): from Italian baldacchino, from Baldacco ‘Baghdad’, place of origin of the brocade.