Talk:Relief

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disscuss the importance of direct experience of sculptures in terms of their physical presence and their relationship to the site.

Expert opinion on utility of each type of relief requested[edit]

Could somebody who has considerable expertise in sculpting or in the history of sculpture add the basic explanation of why reliefs are done? My belief/guess/understanding is that the greater the depth of a relief, the more expensive, but that all are cheaper than a free-standing sculpture. But I suspect there are issues related to making a relief fit in a larger context, of style, and of ... I don't know. Resistance to vandalism?? Being unobtrusive? Not stressing the strength of available material?

67.169.127.166 (talk) 20:32, 29 April 2008 (UTC)

A relief is a one-sided sculpture, and usually forms part of a building or some similar bulky object like the base of a statue, or even a piece of furniture. Yes, higher relief takes more work, and is more expensive. Hope that helps. Johnbod (talk) 20:38, 29 April 2008 (UTC)

Merges from bas-relief, alto-rilievo and Sunken-relief[edit]

  • Support as nom I think all four short stubs should be merged, not least because the division drawn between the two main sub-types, high and low, varies considerably. If not merged, alto-rilievo should be renamed high-relief. Johnbod (talk) 15:06, 6 October 2008 (UTC)


I don't know how to fix it but the word "intaglio" in this article literally redirects to itself. Particularly unhelpful b/c when you search for the "intaglio" you get a disambiguation page. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 70.16.22.239 (talk) 23:20, 14 November 2010 (UTC)

Fixed now. Ceoil (talk) 23:47, 14 November 2010 (UTC)

Stone Mountain[edit]

If Stone Mountain is the largest bas relief sculpture in the world, then why does it receive so little attention in this article?

Low relief in eastern orthodox icons[edit]

Although they generally avoid anything approaching full sculpture, some icons of the eastern church (or their coverings) have a very detailed low relief covering, often made of silver. Mention? -- 92.226.93.64 (talk) 19:32, 17 May 2012 (UTC)

This type of relief is not distinctively Orthodox, & it would be a bit WP:UNDUE while the article remains a short summary of the different types. Of course Byzantine relief, in ivory etc, is often pretty high. That's my view anyway. Johnbod (talk) 01:56, 18 May 2012 (UTC)

Artistic effect[edit]

The following sentence is an opinion, not a fact: "The technique involves considerable chiselling away of the background, which is a time-consuming exercise with little artistic effect if the lowered background is left plain, as is often the case." Therefore, it should be edited.Amadeus webern (talk) 18:51, 7 December 2012 (UTC)