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The Greatest Famous Relief Artwork

Updated October 1, 2020 13 votes 7 voters 27.8k views16 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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  • Battle of the Centaurs
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    Battle of the Centaurs is a relief by Italian Renaissance artist Michelangelo, created around 1492. It was the last work Michelangelo created while under the patronage of Lorenzo de' Medici, who died shortly after its completion. Inspired by a classical relief created by Bertoldo di Giovanni, the unfinished marble sculpture depicts the mythic battle between the Lapiths and the Centaurs. A popular subject of art in ancient Greece, the story was suggested to Michelangelo by the classical scholar and poet Poliziano. Battle of the Centaurs was a remarkable sculpture in several ways, presaging Michelangelo's future sculptural direction. Michelangelo had departed from the then current practices... more on Wikipedia
    • Artist: Michelangelo
    • Art Form: Relief
    • Period / Movement: Italian Renaissance, Renaissance
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  • The 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.... more on Wikipedia
    • Artist: Michelangelo
    • Subject: Madonna, Child Jesus, Jesus Christ, Blessed Virgin Mary, Madonna and Child
    • Art Form: Sculpture, Relief
    • Period / Movement: Italian Renaissance, Renaissance
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    Mesha Stele

    Mesha Stele
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    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
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    Rosetta Stone

    Rosetta Stone
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    The 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 on Wikipedia
    • Art Form: Relief
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