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noun bas–re·lief \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


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