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What is the meaning of In the Round?
The expression In the Round, which dates from about 1800, was at first used for a free-standing piece of sculpture (as opposed to a relief on a wall). More generally, since the 1920s, it has also been used figuratively for someone or something seen three-dimensionally.
Sculpture in the round is a type of sculpture in which the figures are presented in complete three-dimensional form and are not attached to a flat background (unlike relief). If you think about a painting hanging on a wall, then you know you can only see the front. The back of it is usually against a wall or stand.
The principal types of sculpture in the round are statues, busts, and sculptural groups. Sculpture in the round can be viewed either from one definite or several vantage points. It can also be seen from all sides, giving the viewer several complementary perspectives.
Famous “In the Round” pieces include Venus de Milo, (believed to depict Aphrodite) The Veiled Virgin and Michaelangelo’s David, a 17 foot marble statue of the Biblical figure David.
What is the meaning of In the Round Sources:
- The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979).