Al"to-ri*lie*vo (#), n.; pl. Alto-rilievos (#). [It.] 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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