Meaning of alto relief in English:

alto relief

Pronunciation /ˌaltəʊ rɪˈliːf/


  • 1A work in high relief; a sculpture, carving, moulding, etc., in which the shapes project from the plane surface to at least half their actual depth in the round.

  • 2As a mass noun: such sculpture, carving, etc.; = "alto-relievo". Frequently in "in alto relief".


Mid 18th century. Alteration of alto-relievo, after relief, bas-relief.