The definition of a bas relief is a piece of artwork that is sculpted, carved or molded in such a way that it barely protrudes from the background flat surface.(noun)
An example of a bas relief is Donatello's Pazzi Madonna.
See bas-relief in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: Fr < It basso-rilievo: see basso & relief
See bas-relief in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: , from Italian bassorilievo
Origin: : basso, low (from Medieval Latin bassus)
Origin: + rilievo, relief (from rilevare, to raise, from Latin relevāre; see relieve).
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