• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Alto-relievo Alto-rilievo.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n alto-relievo An Anglicized form of alto-rilievo.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Alto-relievo alt′o-re-lē′vo high relief: figures projected by at least half their thickness from the background on which they are sculptured.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
It. alto, high. See Relief.


In literature:

The snow reprints it, as it were, in clear white type alto-relievo.
"Walden, and On The Duty Of Civil Disobedience" by Henry David Thoreau
The reredos contains two modern designs in alto-relievo.
"Wanderings in Wessex" by Edric Holmes
ALTO-RELIEVO, figures carved out of a tablet so as to project at least one half from its surface.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
The alto-relievo figures in the centre of the tympanum have a decisive and appropriate effect.
"A Bibliographical, Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour in France and Germany, Volume Two" by Thomas Frognall Dibdin
The allegorical figures are modeled and finely chased, and the (p. 422) portrait in the medallion is in alto relievo.
"The Medallic History of the United States of America 1776-1876" by J. F. Loubat
It is surmounted by a bronze alto-relievo bust modelled by Mr. F. Madox Brown.
"Chelsea" by G. E. (Geraldine Edith) Mitton
The small detached chapel dedicated to St.-Hubert is much admired for its sculptural embellishments in alto-relievo.
"Memoranda on Tours, Touraine and Central France." by J. H. Holdsworth
This is in alto-relievo.
"The Story of Malta" by Maturin M. Ballou
In the pediment of the portico is a fine alto relievo, representing the four quarters of the world bringing gifts to Britain.
"The Conquest of Canada (Vol. 2 of 2)" by George Warburton
At the base of the shaft are grouped alto-relievo figures representing the North, the South, the East, and the West.
"Ocean to Ocean on Horseback" by Willard Glazier