One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘We have in our church painted pictures; we have sculptures, both bas-relief and haut-relief.’
- ‘They can be engraved, sculpted in bas-relief, in haut-relief and in certain cases they are cut out with varying degrees of openwork.’
- ‘The central element, the sarcophagus, is decorated with eight haut-reliefs relating an event in the history of the Este-Guelph family.’
- ‘A haut-relief (high relief) projects more boldly from the surface, giving the relief a much more sculptural or three-dimensional appearance.’
- ‘The main carvings are in haut-relief on the stone facing of the cathedral, showing superb skill and craftsmanship.’
Mid 19th century: French, literally ‘high relief’.
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