American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Sculptural relief in which the modeled forms project from the background by at least half their depth. Also called alto-relievo.
- n. A form of classical sculpture in which forms extend from the background by at least half of their depth.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Fine Arts) See Alto-rilievo.
- n. a sculptural relief in which forms extend out from the background to at least half their depth
““The cap’n’s been ridin’ the devil’s own pace,” said Dalton the coachman, whose person stood out in high relief as he smoked his pipe against the stable wall, when John brought up Rattler.”
“Grim dusty armour hung in high relief in front of the dark oaken gallery at the farther end, and under the broad arch of the great mullioned window opposite was spread a curtain of old tapestry, covered with dim melancholy figures, like a dozing indistinct dream of the past.”
“As for Publius Vagiennius, he was decorated at a full assembly of the army, receiving a complete set of nine solid-silver phalerae, these being big round medallions sculpted in high relief and joined together in three rows of three by chased, silver-inlaid straps so that they could be worn on the chest over the top of the cuirass or mail shirt.”
““Sundus,” a kind of brocade (low Lat. brocare to figure cloth), silk worked in high relief with gold and silver.”
“His paintings are distinguished by great magnificence of colour and marked by his peculiar method of high relief in gesso work, and by the remarkable use he made of small portions of the most brilliant colour, applied in conjunction with masses of gold.”
“The not very dignified St. Peter, enthroned on a kind of pedestal adorned with a high relief of classic design, of the type which we shall find again in the Sacred and Profane Love, recalls Giovanni Bellini, or rather his immediate followers; the magnificently robed Alexander VI.”
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