from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Same as bas-relief.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See bas-relief.
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- n. a sculptural relief in which forms extend only slightly from the background; no figures are undercut
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Thorwaldsen, Crawford excelled in _basso-rilievo_, and was a remarkable pictorial sculptor.
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."
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.
"This basso-rilievo of a man --" personal meagreness is the first joke and the last.
It is invisible from without: but you open a wooden gate, and quickly find yourself within a small quadrangle, having three of its sides covered with basso-rilievo figures in plaster.
"frisette" shingling it, a sallow neck with a necklace of gold beads, a black dress too rusty for recent grief and contours in basso-rilievo, left the table prematurely, and was reported to have been very virulent about what I said.