Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In sculpture, relief midway between high relief and low relief; mezzo-rilievo; demi-relief.

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  • noun a sculptural relief between low relief and high relief

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Examples

  • Some unseen hand drew a blind over the great window and an eerie green-and-golden light began to play from one end of the room, throwing the dancers into half-relief and deepening the mystery.

    In The Time Of Light

  • All round the circumference of each bowl were figures in half-relief, representing a woman dancing.

    In The Time Of Light

  • The whole piece reposed upon a base of ebony, properly proportioned, but with a projecting cornice, upon which I introduced four golden figures in rather more than half-relief.

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  • Everyone had been at stretch, till the half-relief of borrowed time.

    Funeral Games

  • On the left face of the column, partly turned toward us, was a figure in half-relief.

    Dread Companion

  • The Barrocco museum of Rome has a very lifelike replica [9] of this type in half-relief.

    Vergil

  • Upon this I want you to represent a God the Father in half-relief, and in the middle to set that magnificent big diamond, which you remember, together with several other gems of the greatest value.

    The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini

  • The whole piece reposed upon a base of ebony, properly proportioned, but with a projecting cornice, upon which I introduced four golden figures in rather more than half-relief.

    The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini

  • One of them, in the middle, was in full relief, the other two in half-relief.

    The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini

  • The first of these was in somewhat more than half-relief, lifting one hand to support the cornice, and holding a thick club in the other; his face was fiery and menacing, instilling fear into the beholders.

    The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini

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