Relief Art: Famous Works

Updated June 14, 2019 27.2k views 16 items

List of famous Relief art from around the world, listed alphabetically. 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.

This list answers the questions, "What is an example of Relief art?" and "Who are the most famous Relief artists?"

For some of these Relief pieces you can click on the title to find out more information about the art. If you're writing a paper on renowned Relief art, this list is a great jumping off point. 
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Mesha Stele is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Relief Art: Famous Works
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Mesha Stele

The 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 on Wikipedia

Art Form: Relief

Openwork Panel

Openwork Panel is a panel from a group known as the Madgeburg Ivories commissioned by Otto I circa 968. ...more on Wikipedia

Subject: Christ

Genres (Art): Decorative arts

Art Form: Relief

Period / Movement: Ottonian Renaissance


"Ophelia" is a bronze relief by Antoine-Augustin Préault, based on the character of the same name from Shakespeare's play "Hamlet". ...more on Wikipedia

Artist: Antoine-Augustin Préault

Subject: Ophelia

Art Form: Relief

Plate binding Psalter by Dagulf of David, Saint Jerome

Plate binding the Psalter by Dagulf of David, Saint Jerome is a psalter created in royal workshops in 795 C.E. ...more on Wikipedia

Artist: Dagulf

Subject: Jerome, David

Genres (Art): Decorative arts

Art Form: Relief

Period / Movement: Carolingian art