Definition of alto-relievo in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˌaltəʊrɪˈliːvəʊ

noun (plural alto-relievos)

[mass noun]
  • another term for high relief at relief ( sense 4).
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    • The scenic front is not pictorially decorated but is composed of a metal coating and a bronze alto-relievo sculpture located in a black recess.
    • The Trent Tile Company made a specialty of dull-finished or ‘Trent finished’ tiles in alto-relievo, which are treated by the sand-blast process after being glazed.
    • I have lately seen a new alto-relievo model of Scotland brought out by Messrs William Martin & Co.,. of 67 West Nile Street, Glasgow.


mid 17th century: from Italian alto-rilievo.

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