One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural alto-relievosmass noun
- ‘I have lately seen a new alto-relievo model of Scotland brought out by Messrs William Martin & Co.,. of 67 West Nile Street, Glasgow.’
- ‘The wall is carved with the technique of three-layer alto-relievo.’
- ‘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 second is designed to reproduce sculptures, as the first, of dimensions equaling the model, but of the kind called alto-relievo.’
- ‘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.’
Mid 17th century: from Italian alto-rilievo.
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