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There appears to be sufficient overlap and leeway in the use of the terms reredos and retable that retable might be best merged into this article. I'll tag and see where the discussion goes. Waldhorn (talk) 18:12, 14 October 2012 (UTC)
Definitely merge. J S Ayer (talk) 02:04, 27 August 2013 (UTC)
Disagree. The retable and the reredos may often be present in traditional architecture, but often enough one is present without the other. The over lap may be cause by misunderstanding, and the definition/identification/understanding of both would be better served by unique entries. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 184.108.40.206 (talk) 13:07, 21 March 2014 (UTC)
Agree. The retable, reredos, and altar/communion table are closely related, or at least were until recently. It would be helpful to have a good photograph or diagram of the relationship of the reredos (the large background or wood, stone or fabric for the altar) and the retable which is usually attached to the reredos and it to hold Office Lights and flowers. Eucharistic lights/candles are placed on the altar (North & South ends) or as pavement lamps (North & South ends). I consider these three items significantly liturgically and architecturally related and would like to see them presented together. It would have been helpful for me as I explained these to a student. — Preceding unsigned comment added by BCornely (talk • contribs) 03:09, 1 January 2015 (UTC)
Disagree. On Commons, it is a mess ! Category:Retables redirects to Category:Altars !
And there are also Category:Retablos and Category:Reredoses. Inside category:Altar pieces.
I think that the main category (or the main article in English wikipedia) should be retable. Because there are retables in no-Spanish language countries such as Netherlands, Germany and France. In France, I never heard about Retablo or Reredos. And keep Reredos apart. --Tangopaso (talk) 16:36, 28 March 2015 (UTC)
My understanding is that reredos and retable are quite distinct, although they do usually go togetherNcox (talk) 22:25, 19 April 2015 (UTC)