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Relief Sculpture Collection

"Exploring the Intricate Beauty in Europe" Embark on a journey through the captivating world of relief sculpture

Background imageRelief Sculpture Collection: Europe, Spain, Salamanca, detail of relief sculpture on cathedral exterior

Europe, Spain, Salamanca, detail of relief sculpture on cathedral exterior

Background imageRelief Sculpture Collection: Plaque depicting the royal god Oba holding the eben sword in his right hand

Plaque depicting the royal god Oba holding the eben sword in his right hand, dancing to honour his ancestors, Benin
XAM91575 Plaque depicting the royal god Oba holding the eben sword in his right hand, dancing to honour his ancestors, Benin, possibly 16th century (brass); Museum fur Volkerkunde, Vienna

Background imageRelief Sculpture Collection: Detail from Trajan's Column

Detail from Trajan's Column
3480462 Detail from Trajan's Column; (add.info.: Detail from Trajan's Column in Rome, Italy, that commemorates Roman emperor Trajan's victory in the Dacian Wars)

Background imageRelief Sculpture Collection: Carved anchor-shaped weight, probably Anatolian (white calcite)

Carved anchor-shaped weight, probably Anatolian (white calcite)
8766434 Carved anchor-shaped weight, probably Anatolian (white calcite) by Unknown Artist, (13th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageRelief Sculpture Collection: Two carved anchor-shaped weights, probably Anatolian (white calcite)

Two carved anchor-shaped weights, probably Anatolian (white calcite)
8766382 Two carved anchor-shaped weights, probably Anatolian (white calcite) by Unknown Artist, (13th century); height: 34.8 cm; Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageRelief Sculpture Collection: Portal from the monastery, c.1100 (photo)

Portal from the monastery, c.1100 (photo)
KW141261 Portal from the monastery, c.1100 (photo); Monestir de Santa Maria, Ripoll, Catalonia, Spain

Background imageRelief Sculpture Collection: KAIROS Fragment of a sarcophagus representing Kairos, 2nd century (low relief)

KAIROS Fragment of a sarcophagus representing Kairos, 2nd century (low relief)
FGL5499986 KAIROS Fragment of a sarcophagus representing Kairos, 2nd century (low relief); (add.info.: According to the sculpture of Lysippe (circa 395-around 305 BC)

Background imageRelief Sculpture Collection: Lazarus in Abraham's womb. Frieze (detail) of the 12th century (sculpture)

Lazarus in Abraham's womb. Frieze (detail) of the 12th century (sculpture)
PCT4265012 Lazarus in Abraham's womb. Frieze (detail) of the 12th century (sculpture); (add.info.: Lazarus in Abraham's womb. Frieze (detail) of the 12th century

Background imageRelief Sculpture Collection: The death of the Buddha, 100-300, ancient Gandhara, possibly Loriyan Tangai, Pakistan, Schist

The death of the Buddha, 100-300, ancient Gandhara, possibly Loriyan Tangai, Pakistan, Schist
930374 The death of the Buddha, 100-300, ancient Gandhara, possibly Loriyan Tangai, Pakistan, Schist, Victoria & Albert museum, London, England; Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Background imageRelief Sculpture Collection: Portal from the monastery, c.1100 (photo)

Portal from the monastery, c.1100 (photo)
KW141262 Portal from the monastery, c.1100 (photo); Monestir de Santa Maria, Ripoll, Catalonia, Spain

Background imageRelief Sculpture Collection: Detail from the facade of San Pietro, depicting the calling of Andrew

Detail from the facade of San Pietro, depicting the calling of Andrew and Simon Peter to become apostles
TRD102486 Detail from the facade of San Pietro, depicting the calling of Andrew and Simon Peter to become apostles, 12th century (stone); Spoleto, Umbria, Italy; Merilyn Thorold

Background imageRelief Sculpture Collection: The birth of the Buddha, 100-200AD, schist, from ancient Gandhara, Pakistan

The birth of the Buddha, 100-200AD, schist, from ancient Gandhara, Pakistan, Victoria & Albert museum, London, England
930373 The birth of the Buddha, 100-200AD, schist, from ancient Gandhara, Pakistan, Victoria & Albert museum, London, England; Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK; Photo © Stefano Baldini

Background imageRelief Sculpture Collection: Agilkia Island, Aswan, Egypt. Carvings on columns at the Philae Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Agilkia Island, Aswan, Egypt. Carvings on columns at the Philae Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Background imageRelief Sculpture Collection: Agilkia Island, Aswan, Egypt. Carvings on a column at the Philae Temple

Agilkia Island, Aswan, Egypt. Carvings on a column at the Philae Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Background imageRelief Sculpture Collection: Agilkia Island, Aswan, Egypt. Capital of a column carved like a palm, at the Philae Temple

Agilkia Island, Aswan, Egypt. Capital of a column carved like a palm, at the Philae Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Background imageRelief Sculpture Collection: Gorgons Head, Roman Baths, Bath, England, UK

Gorgons Head, Roman Baths, Bath, England, UK

Background imageRelief Sculpture Collection: Eugene Viollet-Le-Duc at his desk, 19th century (sculpture)

Eugene Viollet-Le-Duc at his desk, 19th century (sculpture)
8617824 Eugene Viollet-Le-Duc at his desk, 19th century (sculpture) by Geoffroy-Dechaume, Adolphe Victor (1816-1892); Cite de l'architecture et du patrimoine, Paris

Background imageRelief Sculpture Collection: A prophet, 16th century (low relief)

A prophet, 16th century (low relief)
8617851 A prophet, 16th century (low relief) by Pouzadoux, Charles Edouard (1860-1940); Cite de l'architecture et du patrimoine, Paris

Background imageRelief Sculpture Collection: A prophet, 16th century (low relief)

A prophet, 16th century (low relief)
8617848 A prophet, 16th century (low relief) by Pouzadoux, Charles Edouard (1860-1940); Cite de l'architecture et du patrimoine, Paris

Background imageRelief Sculpture Collection: A prophet, 16th century (low relief)

A prophet, 16th century (low relief)
8617846 A prophet, 16th century (low relief) by Pouzadoux, Charles Edouard (1860-1940); Cite de l'architecture et du patrimoine, Paris

Background imageRelief Sculpture Collection: A prophet, 16th century (low relief)

A prophet, 16th century (low relief)
8617850 A prophet, 16th century (low relief) by Pouzadoux, Charles Edouard (1860-1940); Cite de l'architecture et du patrimoine, Paris

Background imageRelief Sculpture Collection: The decoration of the Grand Staircase, Casa Navas, 1901-1907 (photo)

The decoration of the Grand Staircase, Casa Navas, 1901-1907 (photo)
8618160 The decoration of the Grand Staircase, Casa Navas, 1901-1907 (photo) by Domenech i Montaner, Luis (1849-1923); (add.info.: Reus)

Background imageRelief Sculpture Collection: Tower of the Winds, Athens, c.1867-75 (albumen silver print)

Tower of the Winds, Athens, c.1867-75 (albumen silver print)
8677955 Tower of the Winds, Athens, c.1867-75 (albumen silver print) by Bonfils, Felix (1831-1885); J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, USA; (add.info.: The Horologion of Andronikos Kyrrhestes)

Background imageRelief Sculpture Collection: Antic divineresses and prophets, 16th century (low relief)

Antic divineresses and prophets, 16th century (low relief)
8617855 Antic divineresses and prophets, 16th century (low relief) by Pouzadoux, Charles Edouard (1860-1940); Cite de l'architecture et du patrimoine, Paris

Background imageRelief Sculpture Collection: A prophet, 16th century (low relief)

A prophet, 16th century (low relief)
8617845 A prophet, 16th century (low relief) by Pouzadoux, Charles Edouard (1860-1940); Cite de l'architecture et du patrimoine, Paris

Background imageRelief Sculpture Collection: King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Memorial, bas relief, London, England

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Memorial, bas relief, London, England

Background imageRelief Sculpture Collection: The Death of Nelson, bas-relief on Nelsons Column, London, England

The Death of Nelson, bas-relief on Nelsons Column, London, England

Background imageRelief Sculpture Collection: Head of Ramses ll at entrance to Luxor temple

Head of Ramses ll at entrance to Luxor temple

Background imageRelief Sculpture Collection: Ramses II Colossus at the entrance and central corridor of Luxor temple

Ramses II Colossus at the entrance and central corridor of Luxor temple

Background imageRelief Sculpture Collection: Door of a tomb (tutu'liang) with human figure, 18th or 19th century (wood and dead lichen)

Door of a tomb (tutu'liang) with human figure, 18th or 19th century (wood and dead lichen)
1070534 Door of a tomb (tutu'liang) with human figure, 18th or 19th century (wood and dead lichen) by Indonesian; 55.24x41.91x11.43 cm; Dallas Museum of Art, Texas

Background imageRelief Sculpture Collection: Medallion portrait of Jean Baptiste Biot (1774-1862), 1843 (bronze)

Medallion portrait of Jean Baptiste Biot (1774-1862), 1843 (bronze)
XIR246426 Medallion portrait of Jean Baptiste Biot (1774-1862), 1843 (bronze) by David d'Angers, Pierre Jean (1788-1856); Musee de la Ville de Paris, Musee Carnavalet, Paris

Background imageRelief Sculpture Collection: Etienne Maurice Gerard, 1830 (bronze)

Etienne Maurice Gerard, 1830 (bronze)
XIR375714 Etienne Maurice Gerard, 1830 (bronze) by David d'Angers, Pierre Jean (1788-1856); Musee de la Ville de Paris, Musee Carnavalet, Paris, France; (add.info.: Etienne Maurice)

Background imageRelief Sculpture Collection: The State Dining Room, Syon House, London, from The English Country House (b/w photo)

The State Dining Room, Syon House, London, from The English Country House (b/w photo)
CLF306322 The State Dining Room, Syon House, London, from The English Country House (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); (add.info)

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3672859

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3672799

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3673457

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3672841

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Background imageRelief Sculpture Collection: The Isenheim Altarpiece, Saint Jerome, (detail of Saint Jerome), c. 1490 (paint on wood)

The Isenheim Altarpiece, Saint Jerome, (detail of Saint Jerome), c. 1490 (paint on wood)
898701 The Isenheim Altarpiece, Saint Jerome, (detail of Saint Jerome), c.1490 (paint on wood) by Hagenauer, Nikolaus (c.1455-1526/28); Musee d Unterlinden, Colmar

Background imageRelief Sculpture Collection: Phoenician carrying two vases as an offering, detail of the relief frieze on the east

Phoenician carrying two vases as an offering, detail of the relief frieze on the east
XIR279374 Phoenician carrying two vases as an offering, detail of the relief frieze on the east stairway to the Apadana, Achaemenian period, c.515 BC (stone) by Achaemenid, (550-330 BC); Persepolis

Background imageRelief Sculpture Collection: Stela with an inscription on Sertius Market High Imperial Period (27 BC-395 AD) (stone)

Stela with an inscription on Sertius Market High Imperial Period (27 BC-395 AD) (stone)
GDG267022 Stela with an inscription on Sertius Market High Imperial Period (27 BC-395 AD) (stone) by Roman Imperial Period (27 BC-476 AD); Timgad

Background imageRelief Sculpture Collection: Loggia of the Casina of Pius IV, 1558-62 (photo)

Loggia of the Casina of Pius IV, 1558-62 (photo)
JB141875 Loggia of the Casina of Pius IV, 1558-62 (photo) by Ligorio, Pirro (c.1500-83); Vatican Gardens, Vatican City; (add.info)

Background imageRelief Sculpture Collection: The Composite Order (w / c, wash, pen and black ink over graphite on paper)

The Composite Order (w / c, wash, pen and black ink over graphite on paper)
XYC150286 The Composite Order (w/c, wash, pen and black ink over graphite on paper) by Mark, E. W. (18th century); 54x33.8 cm; Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection, USA; British

Background imageRelief Sculpture Collection: Detail from the Cantoria, c. 1433-38 (marble and glass mosaic) (see 340290

Detail from the Cantoria, c. 1433-38 (marble and glass mosaic) (see 340290
BAT139097 Detail from the Cantoria, c.1433-38 (marble and glass mosaic) (see 340290, 139096 & 136098) by Donatello, (c.1386-1466); Museo dell Opera del Duomo, Florence, Tuscany

Background imageRelief Sculpture Collection: The Isenheim Altarpiece, Saint Jerome, c. 1490 (gold paint on wood)

The Isenheim Altarpiece, Saint Jerome, c. 1490 (gold paint on wood)
898700 The Isenheim Altarpiece, Saint Jerome, c.1490 (gold paint on wood) by Hagenauer, Nikolaus (c.1455-1526/28); Musee d Unterlinden, Colmar, France; (add.info.: Issenheim altarpiece. Saint Jeremy)



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"Exploring the Intricate Beauty in Europe" Embark on a journey through the captivating world of relief sculpture, where artistry and craftsmanship intertwine to create stunning masterpieces. Our first stop takes us to Salamanca, Spain, where the exterior of the cathedral showcases an exquisite detail of relief sculpture. Every curve and contour tells a story, inviting viewers to marvel at its intricacy. Next, we find ourselves in Morocco's Medersa Ben Yousef, built in 1570. Here, calligraphy and zellige come together harmoniously in the patio's relief sculptures. The delicate strokes of calligraphy blend with vibrant geometric patterns, creating a mesmerizing visual symphony that transports us back in time. As our journey continues across borders, we arrive at Syon House in London. Inside its State Dining Room lies another remarkable example captured beautifully in black and white photography from "The English Country House. " This timeless image captures not only the grandeur but also the intricate details that make this art form so enchanting. In bustling London once again stands the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Memorial. Its bas-relief design pays homage to these revered figures while showcasing skilled sculpting techniques that bring depth and dimensionality to life. Our final destination brings us to Bath, England - home to Roman Baths adorned with fascinating relics such as Gorgons Head. This ancient piece serves as a reminder of how even centuries-old relief sculptures continue to captivate modern audiences with their rich history and mythical allure. Whether it be Salamanca's cathedral or Bath's Roman Baths, each location offers a unique glimpse into Europe's diverse artistic heritage through relief sculpture. These captivating works invite us to appreciate every minute detail meticulously carved by talented hands throughout history – reminding us that beauty truly lies within these three-dimensional treasures.