from The Century Dictionary.
- noun An Anglicized form of
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- noun Alto-rilievo.
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- noun A form of
sculpturein which carved figures or other objects which protrudefrom the background.
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- noun a sculptural relief in which forms extend out from the background to at least half their depth
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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Baronet, kneeling in a square beard opposite his wife in a ruff: a very fat lady, the Dame Rebecca Clavering, in alto-relievo, is borne up to Heaven by two little blue-veined angels, who seem to have a severe task — and so forth.
The snow reprints it, as it were, in clear white type alto-relievo.
There is a description of what it was, in an Italian manuscript, by which it appears to have been a beautiful edifice of two stories, adorned with columns and trophies in alto-relievo, with a statue of
Over the north gate, appear two bulls, in alto-relievo, extremely well executed, emblems which, according to the custom of the Romans, signified that the amphitheatre was erected at the expence of the people.
Babylonish bricks; the smaller figures are much destroyed, some completely; all are in alto-relievo.
In the effeminate Antinous, an alto-relievo of whitest marble, we admire the prototype of that arrow-stricken youth, the comely St Sebastian.
The reredos contains two modern designs in alto-relievo.
Majesty; and an alto-relievo representing an ascending spirit attended by a guardian angel with the inscription --
It is built of Portland stone, and is adorned with a beautiful portico in the centre, consisting of four Doric columns supporting an enriched entablature, decorated with a group of figures in alto-relievo, representing Hibernia and Britannia presenting emblems of peace and liberty.
A female figure and child recumbent, also elaborately sculptured in black marble, adorn the opposite niche, and under them, in alto-relievo, are several figures in religious habits.