Definition of relievo:
fill-in, embossment, backup, moderation, ministration, succor, easing, backup man, substitute, alleviation, rest period, reliever, rest, assuagement, sculptural relief, relief, stand-in, rilievo, respite, easement, ease, succour, imprint.
The basso- relievo on the north front, representing a combat of cavalry, refers to the victory over the Britons; and that of the west front, to the battle gained by the Romans over the Gauls, in which the general of the latter was killed in the midst of his soldiers, who endeavoured to prevent his being seized by the enemy.- "The Idler in France", Marguerite Gardiner.
I gather that by the year 1520 Gaudenzio had abandoned the use of gold and of relievo in painting, but he may have made an exception in the case of a work which was to consist both of sculpture and painting; and there is indeed a good deal to be said in favour of relievo in such a case, as helping to unite the sculptured and painted portions of the work.- "Ex Voto", Samuel Butler.
- "Cathedrals of Spain", John A. (John Allyne) Gade.