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Sculptured work, carving, casting, or embossing that is raised above the plane of its background. Also called relievo; see bas-relief, demi-relief, high relief, mezzo-relievo, sunk relief.
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50) In his Descriptive Catalogue of 1809 (in which Blake makes one of his two allusions to Laocoon, the other being in On Homers Poetry), Blake speaks of having been taken in vision to see the "stupendous originals" that lie behind later art: "Those wonderful originals seen in my visions, were some of them one hundred feet in height; some were painted as pictures, and some carved as basso relievos, and some as groupes of statues, all containing mythological and recondite meaning, where more is meant than meets the eye" (E 531).