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Low relief   /loʊ rɪlˈif/   Listen
Low relief

A sculptural relief in which forms extend only slightly from the background; no figures are undercut.  Synonyms: bas relief, basso relievo, basso rilievo.

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"Low relief" Quotes from Famous Books

... shields of arms on the side, nearly all defaced, a motto "Ryen saunce travayle," and nine images in low relief which present quaint ...
— Bell's Cathedrals: The Churches of Coventry - A Short History of the City and Its Medieval Remains • Frederic W. Woodhouse

... unconscious ease in handling relief—that most difficult of illusions in respect of having no law (at least no law that it is worth the sculptor's while to try to discover) of correspondence to reality. Forms and masses have a definition and a firmness wholly remarkable in their independence of the usual low relief's reliance on pictorial and purely linear design. They do not blend picturesquely with the background, and do not depend on their suggestiveness for their character. They are always realized, executed—sculpture in a word whose suggestiveness, ...
— French Art - Classic and Contemporary Painting and Sculpture • W. C. Brownell

... and he has been admirably inspired in the choice of the figures in whom he seeks to interest us. They are all figures rather than characters—they are all pictures rather than persons. But if their reality is light and vague, it is sufficient, and it is in harmony with the low relief and dimness of outline of the objects that surround them. They are all types, to the author's mind, of something general, of something that is bound up with the history, at large, of families and individuals, and each of them is the centre of a cluster of those ingenious ...
— Hawthorne - (English Men of Letters Series) • Henry James, Junr.

... the bank next, and removed some of the stones at the top. A carved line in low relief on the face of the rock was directly exposed; seeing it he smiled, and replaced the stones, and descending, went back to the terrace, and thence to ...
— The Prince of India - Or - Why Constantinople Fell - Volume 1 • Lew. Wallace

Words linked to "Low relief" :   embossment, high relief, rilievo, basso relievo, sculptural relief, relief, bas relief, relievo

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