noun \ˌbä-ri-ˈlēf, ˌbas-, bās-; ˈbä-ri-ˌ, ˈbas-, ˈbās-\

: a kind of sculpture in which shapes are carved so that they are only slightly higher than the flat background

Full Definition of BAS-RELIEF

:  sculptural relief in which the projection from the surrounding surface is slight and no part of the modeled form is undercut; also :  sculpture executed in bas-relief

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Origin of BAS-RELIEF

French, from bas low + relief raised work
First Known Use: 1667

Other Fine Arts Terms

Gothic, baroque, limn, oeuvre, pastiche, rococo, sfumato


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Sculptural form in which figures are carved in a flat surface and project only slightly from the background rather than standing freely. Depending on the degree of projection, reliefs may also be classified as high or medium relief.

Variants of BAS-RELIEF

bas-relief or low relief


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