bas-relief









bas-relief


noun

  1. relief sculpture in which the figures project slightly from the background.

noun

  1. 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
n.

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.”

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