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bbas-relief - A French term meaning "low-raised work." This art, along with high relief, is known collectively as relief sculpture -- meant to be seen primarily from one direction -- as opposed to sculpture which is in the round or full round. (pr. bah'ruh-leef')





see thumbnail to rightRoman, Denarius, Septimius Severus (Emperor 193-211 CE), silver. See numismatics.





see thumbnail to leftSassanian Iran, Dish, Shapur II Hunting Lions, 4th century CE, silver, gilding, diameter 29.9 cm, Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.




see thumbnail to rightMichelangelo Buonarroti (Italian, 1475-1564), Madonna of the Stairs, 1489-92, marble bas-relief, 21 3/4 x 15 3/4 inches (height 55.5 cm), Casa Buonarroti, Florence. Probably the earliest of his sculptures to survive, Michelangelo conceived and executed this bas-relief when he was between fourteen and seventeen years old. Also see Renaissance.




see thumbnail to leftHenri Matisse (French, 1869-1954), Back I, 1909 / 1950, bronze cast in the lost-wax technique, 190 x 116 x 17 cm, Georges Pompidou Center, Paris.




see thumbnail to rightHenri Matisse, Back II, 1913, bas-relief in bronze, with dark brown patina, 188 x 116 x 14 cm, Georges Pompidou Center, Paris.



Also see grisaille and high relief.




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