figures carved out of a tablet so as to project at least one half from its surface.

The Nuttall Encyclopaedia. . 1907.

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  • alto-relievo — [al′tō ri lē′vō] n. pl. alto relievos [< It alto, high + rilievo, relief; sp. infl. by RELIEF] HIGH RELIEF …   English World dictionary

  • Alto-relievo — Al to re*lie vo, n. Alto rilievo. [1913 Webster] || …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Alto-relievo — is translated from Italian as high relief, a technique in Classical antiquity sculpture to reveal human or animal figures that project out from a solid tablet of marble or other material. At least one half of the figure must be projecting from… …   Wikipedia

  • alto-relievo — n. (pl. os) Sculpture 1 a form of relief in which the sculptured shapes stand out from the background to at least half their actual depth. 2 a sculpture characterized by this. Etymology: ALTO + RELIEVO …   Useful english dictionary

  • alto relievo — noun a sculptural relief in which forms extend out from the background to at least half their depth • Syn: ↑alto rilievo, ↑high relief • Ant: ↑low relief (for: ↑high relief) • Hypernyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • alto-relievo — or alto rilievo noun (plural alto relievos or alto rilievi) Etymology: Italian altorilievo Date: 1664 1. high relief 2. a sculpture in high relief …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • alto-relievo — [ˌaltəʊrɪ li:vəʊ] (also alto rilievo rɪ ljeɪvəʊ) noun (plural alto relievos) Art high relief. Origin C17: from Ital. alto rilievo …   English new terms dictionary

  • alto-relievo — /al toh ri lee voh/, n., pl. alto relievos. See high relief. [1710 20; < It alto rilievo high relief] * * * …   Universalium

  • alto-relievo — noun A form of sculpture in which carved figures or other objects which protrude from the background …   Wiktionary

  • alto-relievo — al·to re·lie·vo …   English syllables

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