Origin of bas-reliefFrench from Italian basso-rilievo: see basso and relief
A bas-relief inside a crypt in Egypt.
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.
An example of a bas relief is Donatello's Pazzi Madonna.
sculpture in which figures are carved in a flat surface so that they project only a little from the background
See low relief.
Origin of bas-reliefFrench from Italian bassorilievo basso low ( from Medieval Latin bassus ) rilievo relief ( from rilevare to raise ) ( from Latin relevāre ; see relieve . )
- Alternative spelling of bas relief.
(plural bas reliefs)
- Refers to any aspect of sculpture which is flat or in the bas relief style.
- In memory of the victory several monuments have been erected in the town and its vicinity, of which the most noticeable are the bronze statue of the Danish Land Soldier by Bissen (one of Thorvaldsen's pupils), and the great barrow over 50o Danes in the cemetery of the Holy Trinity Church, with a bas-relief by the same sculptor.
- In the pediment is a group of sixteen figures by Thorvaldsen, representing John the Baptist preaching in the wilderness; over the entrance within the portico is a bas-relief of Christ's entry into Jerusalem; on one side of the entrance is a statue of Moses by Bissen, and on the other a statue of David by Jerichau.
- Several works of sculpture, including a bas-relief at Pistoia and a small terra-cotta model of a St John at the Victoria and Albert Museum, have also been claimed, but without general consent, as the young master's handiwork.
- A finely executed bas-relief, representing Naram-Sin, and bearing a striking resemblance to early Egyptian art in many of its features, has been found at Diarbekr.
- The Groote Kerk, of St Michael (first half of the 15th century) occupies the site of an earlier church of which an interesting 11 th-century bas-relief remains.