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Relief sculpture


Three Basic Types of Relief Sculpture


Maryam Javidmehr Art - Relief Sculpture


Art - How to make Relief Sculpture _ Decor Interior Ideas (Master : Mehdi Axundzade )


Relief Sculptures in Clay and Fiberglass by Fakeero


AK056 “Bas-relief Sculpture”

Relief is a sculptural technique where the sculpted elements remain attached to a solid background of the same material. The term relief is from the Latin verb relevo, to raise. To create a sculpture in relief is to give the impression that the sculpted material has been raised above the background plane. What is actually performed when a relief is cut in from a flat surface of stone or wood is a lowering of the field, leaving the unsculpted parts seemingly raised. The technique involves considerable chiselling away of the background, which is a time-consuming exercise. On the other hand, a relief saves forming the rear of a subject, and is less fragile and more securely fixed than a sculpture in the round, especially one of a standing figure where the ankles are a potential weak point, especially in stone. In other materials such as metal, clay, plaster stucco, ceramics or papier-mâché the form can be just added to or raised up from the background, and monumental bronze reliefs are made by casting.
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  • Types 

  • Low relief or bas-relief 

  • Mid-relief 

  • High relief 

  • Sunk relief 

  • Counter-relief 

  • Small objects 

  • Notable reliefs