Cameo (carving)

small relief carving

A cameo is a kind of small sculpture. A cameo has an image in relief. The image is often a different colour to the background. An intaglio is the opposite of cameo.[1]

The Great Cameo of France, a very large ancient Roman cameo in the Musée du Louvre, Paris

History Edit

Cameos with portraits of people were common in the jewellery of Classical Antiquity. This type of cameo was also common in the Renaissance.[1]

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Chilvers, Ian, ed. (2004). "cameo". The Oxford Dictionary of Art (3rd online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/acref/9780198604761.001.0001. ISBN 978-0-19-860476-1.