As nouns the difference between altar and altarpiece
is that altar
is a table or similar flat-topped structure used for religious rites while altarpiece
is a work of art suspended above and behind an altar in a church.
Other Comparisons: What's the difference?
A table or similar flat-topped structure used for religious rites.
* altar boy
* altar poem
* high altar
a work of art suspended above and behind an altar in a church
* I walked across the concrete to examine the altarpiece of the atomic age. A large crack ran through it. '' — ''Atomic John: A truck driver uncovers secrets about the first nuclear bombs , David Samuels December, The New Yorker, 15, 2008 [http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2008/12/15/081215fa_fact_samuels?printable=true]