Art Term

Relief

A relief is a wall-mounted sculpture in which the three-dimensional elements are raised from a flat base

Peter Lowe, ‘Diagonal Grey Relief’ 1974
Peter Lowe
Diagonal Grey Relief 1974
Tate
© Peter Lowe
Henri Matisse, ‘Back III’ c.1916–7, cast 1955–6
Henri Matisse
Back III c.1916–7, cast 1955–6
Tate
© Succession Henri Matisse/DACS 2017
Sergio de Camargo, ‘Large Split Relief No.34/4/74’ 1964–5
Sergio de Camargo
Large Split Relief No.34/4/74 1964–5
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© The estate of Sergio de Camargo

Any three-dimensional element attached to a basically flat wall mounted work of art is said to be in relief or a relief element.