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
Origin of bas-reliefFrench from Italian basso-rilievo: see basso and relief
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.