Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In decorative art, in very low relief, as if a bas-relief had been pressed flatter.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Sculp.) The lowest relief, -- often used in Italian sculpture of the 15th and 16th centuries.
“The Assumption is carved in the lowest possible relief, called _stiacciato_.”
“We have a fine example in London,  and his most successful use of _stiacciato_ is on the Roman Tabernacle made a few years after the Brancacci relief.”
“Although he almost drew in marble when working in _stiacciato_, the lowest kind of relief, he was essentially”
“There is an element of _stiacciato_ in the Entombment, giving it the air of a mystery rather than of an historical fact.”
“The final outcome of _stiacciato_ is the art of the medallist.”
“This relief is, perhaps, Donatello's masterpiece in _stiacciato_.”
“_stiacciato_, because he had forgotten to provide for it in deeper relief.”
“The other panel in _stiacciato_ made about this time belonged to the Salviati family. [”
“It is the word with which Condivi describes the appearance of Michael Angelo's nose after it had been broken -- it was "_un poco stiacciato; non per natura_," but by the blow of a certain Torrigiano, "_huomo bestiale e superbo_." [”
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