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Relief sculpturelocked

  • Charles Avery

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Form of sculpture in which the ornaments or figures are attached to a background, from which they stand out to a greater or lesser degree, being accordingly known as high relief or low relief (bas-relief). It is commonly used for architectural decoration, and also for pictorial narration. This is because sculpture in the round is usually limited to not more than three figures in a group, constraining the amount of incident that can be depicted; furthermore, it excludes all but the most elementary references to a setting. The capacity of relief sculpture for narration has often led artists, including Leonardo and Michelangelo, to associate it with the art of painting, rather than with sculpture in the round....

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