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 amp; 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 relevare; 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.