Mankind has created artistic images of the world around him ever since the beginning of recorded history. Starting with the first smelting of metals, sculptures have been part of man’s attempt to add beauty to his existence.
“A sculptor is a person obsessed with the form and shape of things”. – Henry Moore.
“Sculpture, a very noble art, is one that does not in the execution require the same supreme ingenuity as the art of painting, since in two most important and difficult particulars, in foreshortening and in light and shade… the painter has to invent a process, [whereas] sculpture is helped by nature“. Leonardo da Vinci
“So, in other words, how you respond to a sculpture, how a viewer sees the sculpture, is vital”. – Anthony Caro
The earliest known “Lost-wax” casting dates from early dynasties of Egypt, nearly 7,000 years ago, when metal was poured into “investments” of fired clay that had been shaped with the help of wax that was melted, or “lost”.
Then, sometime between 4,000 and 3,000 B.C., bronze was discovered, probably by accident, as being a metal that was harder than copper or tin alone.
Thus began the era known as the Bronze Age. Ancient “lost-wax” bronze castings have withstood the centuries, visually telling the tale of past cultures, their religions, and their social structures.
For example, Chinese bronzes depicted ceremonial images; Indian and Egyptian castings symbolized deities; Africans cast images of nature; and the Greeks recreated the human form.
Many of these cultures have since grown obsolete, their religions have evolved and societies have changed. Elements of the “lost-wax” process have been refined. Yet today, bronze casting is essentially the same as it was in 2,000 B.C. during the Akkadian period. Click HERE to request more info
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