Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as relief, in sculpture, etc.: the Italian form, often used in English. Sometimes spelled relievo.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Sculp. & Arch.) Same as relief, n., 5.
- n. sculpture consisting of shapes carved on a surface so as to stand out from the surrounding background
“The Egyptians also were perfectly acquainted with working in cameo (anaglyph) and rilievo, as may be seen in the cavo rilievo of the finest of their hieroglyphs.”
“These temples seem to rest upon a fantastic base in which are carved in alto rilievo all the gods of”
“For, as Flaxman remarks, the styles of different hands are sufficiently evident in the alto and basso rilievo.”
“Thorwaldsen, Crawford excelled in _basso-rilievo_, and was a remarkable pictorial sculptor.”
“He alternated, with infinite relish, between the extreme phases of his art, -- a delicate Peri and a majestic Colossus, an extensive array of basso rilievo figures, a sublime ideal of manhood and an exquisite image of infancy.”
“A woman with a creamy voice, and finished in _alto rilievo_, would be a variety in the boarding-house, -- a little more marrow and a little less sinew than our landlady and her daughter and the bombazine-clad female, all of whom are of the turkey-drumstick style of organization.”
“A lady, no doubt Adelaide herself, appears in _alto rilievo_ on the paddle-box.”
“One of the soft, but unpleasant missiles just alluded to, flew by the master's head one morning, and flattened itself against the wall, where it adhered in the form of a convex mass in _alto rilievo_.”
“The plates of embossed and chiseled bronze which encased the body of the chariot are figured with admirably-worked subjects in basso-rilievo, many of them relating to the "wondrous tale of Troy.”
“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.”
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