Definitions

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  • n. High relief; sculptured work in which the figures project more than half their thickness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. High relief; sculptured work in which the figures project more than half their thickness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. High relief; in sculpture, a form of relief in which the figures or other objects represented stand out very boldly from the background.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a sculptural relief in which forms extend out from the background to at least half their depth

Etymologies

Italian (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • This (p.  xxiii) portrait presents an _alto-rilievo_ which is well adapted for medals only; it is conceived in the spirit of the French school, which has always attached great importance to the truthful rendering of flesh.

    The Medallic History of the United States of America 1776-1876

  • In 1233 Niccola was in Lucca; the alto-rilievo of the Deposition over the side door of the cathedral may be of this date.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 11: New Mexico-Philip

  • There are two principal kinds of relief: Low Relief (bas-relief, basso-rilievo), the figures of which have only a limited thickness, and in which the appearance of solidity is achieved by the effect of light and shade; and High Relief (grand-relief, alto-rilievo), in which the figures sometimes appear entirely in the round.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 13: Revelation-Stock

  • The degree of relief is alto-rilievo, like those on the Roman sarcophagi and the pulpits of the Pisani; in shape it is almost as high as it is long; this unusual proportion is similar to some of the divisions of the bronze reliefs in the Donatello pulpits at San Lorenzo.

    Michael Angelo Buonarroti

  • The moon's idealizing glamour had left no trace of the uncouthness of the place which the daylight revealed; the little log house, the great overhanging chestnut-oaks, the jagged precipice before the door, the vague outlines of the distant ranges, all suffused with a magic sheen, might have seemed a stupendous alto-rilievo in silver repoussè.

    In the Tennessee mountains,

  • I shall engrave it in _alto-rilievo, _ make the words with pebbles on the turf just above high-water mark.

    Foul Play

  • I never before saw nearly so distinct a cloud-picture, or rather sculpture; for it came out in alto-rilievo on the body of the cloud.

    Passages from the American Notebooks, Volume 2.

  • The west front is indeed its chief beauty of exterior attraction; and it was once rendered doubly interesting by a profusion of alto-rilievo statues, which _disappeared_ during the commotions of the revolution.

    A Bibliographical, Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour in France and Germany, Volume One

  • For all I know Ayers has relief sculptures of their likenesses in alto-rilievo style over the portal of his seminar room, and I don’t doubt for a minute that he’s a terrific classroom teacher).

    April « 2007 « Bill Ayers

  • a long pilaster-like, or alto-rilievo column, of slender dimensions, running from bottom to top, with a sort of Roman capital.

    A Bibliographical, Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour in France and Germany, Volume One

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