- relief sculpture in which the figures project slightly from the background.
- sculpture in low relief, in which the forms project slightly from the background but no part is completely detached from itAlso called (Italian): basso rilievo
1660s, from French bas-relief, a loan-translation of Italian basso-rilievo “low relief, raised work.”
A kind of carving or sculpture in which the figures are raised a few inches from a flat background to give a three-dimensional effect. The term is French for “low relief.”