Cameo (carving)

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

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]

History[change | change source]

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[change | change source]

  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/acref-9780198604761-e-640. ISBN 978-0-19-860476-1.