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Definition of Bas-relief

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low relief, sculpture in which the carved images project slightly from the background surface (Art)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(n.)
Low relief; sculpture, the figures of which project less than half of their true proportions; -- called also bassrelief and basso-rilievo. See Alto-rilievo.
  
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\bas`-re*lief"\ (&?;), n. [f. bas-relief; bas law + relief raised work, relever to raise: cf. it. bassorilievo.] low relief; sculpture, the figures of which project less than half of their true proportions; -- called also bassrelief and basso-rilievo. see alto-rilievo.

WordNet 2.0

Noun
1. a sculptural relief in which forms extend only slightly from the background; no figures are undercut
(synonym) low relief, basso relievo, basso rilievo
(hypernym) relief, relievo, rilievo, embossment, sculptural relief
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Relief, formerly known as Panorama, is a public affairs newsmagazine series in Canada, airing nightly in Ontario on TFO, the Franco-Ontarian public television network.

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Relief, or relievo rilievo, is a sculptural technique. The term relief is from the Latin verb relevo, to raise. To create a sculpture in relief is to give the impression that the sculpted material has been raised above the background plane. What is actually performed when a relief is cut in from a flat surface of stone or wood is a lowering of the field, leaving the unsculpted parts seemingly raised. The technique involves considerable chiselling away of the background, which is a time-consuming exercise with little artistic effect if the lowered background is left plain, as is often the case. On the other hand, a relief saves forming the rear of a subject, and is less fragile and more securely fixed than a sculpture in the round, especially one of a standing figure where the ankles are a potential weak point, especially in stone. In other materials such as metal, clay, plaster stucco, ceramics or papier-mache the form can be just added to or raised up from the background, and monumental bronze reliefs are made by casting.

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