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noun, plural al·to-re·lie·vos.
  1. high relief.
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Origin of alto-relievo

First recorded in 1710–20, alto-relievo is from the Italian word alto rilievo high relief
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Historical Examples of alto-relievo

  • Above is an alto-relievo subject of the Slaughter of the Innocents.

    The Churches of Paris

    S. Sophia Beale

  • Did you see his alto-relievo of a Druid's head in the Art club?

    The Incendiary

    W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy

  • Both tombs are elaborately carved, the medallions in alto-relievo being of very delicate work.

    Cathedral Cities of Spain

    William Wiehe Collins

  • This is a female figure in alto-relievo on the wall, somewhat above and in front of him.

  • Alto-relievo, figures carved out of a tablet so as to project at least one half from its surface.

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

    Edited by Rev. James Wood

British Dictionary definitions for alto-relievo



noun plural -vos
  1. another name for high relief
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Word Origin for alto-relievo

C18: from Italian
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