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basso-relievo

Syllabification: bas·so-re·lie·vo
Pronunciation: /ˌbasō riˈlēvō
 
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Definition of basso-relievo in English:

noun (plural basso-relievos)

Sculpture
Another term for bas-relief (see relief (sense 4)).
Example sentences
  • The top of the bluestone doorframe is a vast transversal stone upon which the building's name is engraved, along with other fancy basso-relievo serving as decoration.
  • It particularly affected me when I saw the destruction made to get down the basso-relievos on the walls of the frieze.
  • There is a big granite basso-relievo in the frontispiece of the memorial which is 41.8 metres long, 5.4 metres high.

Origin

mid 17th century: from Italian basso-rilievo.

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