Meaning of alto-relievo in English:


Pronunciation /ˌaltəʊrɪˈliːvəʊ/


mass noun
another term for "high relief" at relief (sense 4)
‘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.’
  • ‘The wall is carved with the technique of three-layer alto-relievo.’
  • ‘The second is designed to reproduce sculptures, as the first, of dimensions equaling the model, but of the kind called alto-relievo.’


Mid 17th century from Italian alto-rilievo.