Alto-rilievo

Definitions

  • Alto-rilievo
    Alto-rilievo
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Alto-rilievo (Sculp) High relief; sculptured work in which the figures project more than half their thickness; as, this figure is an alto-rilievo or in alto-rilievo .☞ When the figure stands only half out, it is called mezzo-rilievo demi-rilievo, or medium relief; when its projection is less than one half, basso-rilievo bas-relief, or low relief.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n alto-rilievo High relief; in sculpture, a form of relief in which the figures or other objects represented stand out very boldly from the background. More or less important portions of the design may even be carved entirely in the round. An alto-rilievo, or a work in alto-rilievo, is a relief sculptured in this form. See cut on next page. See bas-relief and mezzo-rilievo.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Alto-rilievo high relief: figures projected by at least half their thickness from the background on which they are sculptured.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
It. alto, high. See Relief.