Art Principles and History

Art Fundamentals

What is the difference between relief sculpture and sculpture-in-the-round?

A relief sculpture is a type of sculpture in which a design projects from the surface of the sculpted material, like a rubber stamp, though not necessarily flat. Relief sculpture can be seen from only one vantage point, usually straight on. Sculpture-in-the-round is freestanding and finished on all sides. A viewer can move all the way around a sculpture-in-the round, and is able to look at the work from multiple vantage points.


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