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

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  • Peter Lowe, 'Diagonal Grey Relief' 1974
    Peter Lowe
    Diagonal Grey Relief 1974
    Wood and paint
    object: 500 x 500 x 80 mm
    Purchased 2009© Peter Lowe
  • Henri Matisse, 'Back III' circa 1916-17, cast 1955-6
    Henri Matisse
    Back III circa 1916-17, cast 1955-6
    object: 1880 x 1130 x 171 mm
    Purchased with assistance from the Matisse Appeal Fund 1957© Succession Henri Matisse/DACS 2010
  • Sergio de Camargo, 'Large Split Relief No.34/4/74' 1964-5
    Sergio de Camargo
    Large Split Relief No.34/4/74 1964-5
    Relief of limewood and paint on plywood support
    object: 2153 x 921 x 273 mm
    Purchased 1965© 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.