The Greatest Famous Relief Artwork
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List of famous Relief art from around the world, listed. This popular Relief art list features pictures of each famous Relief piece when available, and includes names of the famous artists who created the artwork. Fans of historic Relief art can use this list to discover some beautiful Relief pieces that they've never seen before.
These items, like Madonna of the Stairs and Armoire said to be by Hugues Sambin include images when available.
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- 131 VOTESPhoto: Metaweb (FB) / CC-BYThe Madonna of the Stairs is a relief sculpture by Michelangelo in the Casa Buonarroti, Florence. It was sculpted around 1491, when Michelangelo was about seventeen. This and the Battle of the Centaurs were Michelangelo's first two sculptures. The first reference to the Madonna of the Stairs as a work by Michelangelo was in the 1568 edition of Giorgio Vasari's Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects.
- Artist: Michelangelo
- Subject: Madonna, Child Jesus, Jesus Christ, Blessed Virgin Mary, Madonna and Child
- Art Form: Sculpture, Relief
- Period / Movement: Italian Renaissance, Renaissance
- 211 VOTES
Openwork PanelPhoto: Wikimedia Commons / Public domainOpenwork Panel is a panel from a group known as the Madgeburg Ivories commissioned by Otto I circa 968.
- Subject: Christ
- Genres (Art): Decorative arts
- Art Form: Relief
- Period / Movement: Ottonian Renaissance
- 35 VOTESThe Barberini ivory is a Byzantine ivory leaf from an imperial diptych dating from Late Antiquity, now in the Louvre in Paris. It represents the emperor as triumphant victor. It is generally dated from the first half of the 6th century and is attributed to an imperial workshop in Constantinople, while the emperor is usually identified as Justinian, or possibly Anastasius I or Zeno. It is a notable historical document because it is linked to queen Brunhilda of Austrasia. On the back there is a list of names of Frankish kings, all relatives of Brunhilda, indicating the important position of queens within Frankish royal families. Brunhilda ordered the list to be inscribed and offered it to the ...more
- Art Form: Bas-relief
- 411 VOTES
Rosetta StoneThe Rosetta Stone is a granodiorite stele inscribed with a decree issued at Memphis, Egypt, in 196 BC on behalf of King Ptolemy V. The decree appears in three scripts: the upper text is Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs, the middle portion Demotic script, and the lowest Ancient Greek. Because it presents essentially the same text in all three scripts, it provided the key to the modern understanding of Egyptian hieroglyphs. Although it is believed to have originally been displayed within a temple, possibly at nearby Sais, the stone was probably moved during the early Christian or medieval period and was eventually used as building material in the construction of Fort Julien near the town of ...more
- Art Form: Relief
- 53 VOTES
Harbaville TriptychThe Harbaville Triptych is a Byzantine ivory triptych of the middle of the 10th century with a Deesis and other saints, now in the Louvre. Traces of colouring can still be seen on some figures. It is regarded as the finest, and best-preserved, of the "Romanos group" of ivories from a workshop in Constantinople, probably closely connected with the Imperial Court. The group takes its name from another ivory in the Cabinet des Médailles of the Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris showing Christ crowning an Emperor, named as Romanos, and his Empress. This is thought to be either Romanos II crowned in 959, or possibly Romanos IV, crowned in 1068. related works are in Rome, the Vatican, and ...more
- Subject: Deesus and other saints
- Art Form: Sculpture, Bas-relief
- 612 VOTES
Mesha SteleThe Mesha Stele is a stele set up around 840 BCE by King Mesha of Moab. Mesha tells how Kemosh, the God of Moab, had been angry with his people and had allowed them to be subjugated to Israel, but at length Kemosh returned and assisted Mesha to throw off the yoke of Israel and restore the lands of Moab. Mesha describes his many building projects. The stone was discovered intact by Frederick Augustus Klein, an Anglican missionary, at the site of ancient Dibon, in August 1868, who was led to it by a local Bedouin. Before it could be seen by another European, the next year it was smashed by local villagers during a dispute over its ownership. A "squeeze" had been obtained by a local Arab on ...more
- Art Form: Relief