Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Casting Bronze

The Getty Museum has provided this online six-minute video on the process of casting bronzes. The process dates from the beginning of 1500, when patrons became intrigued by the famous bronze collections of antiquity. Artists at this time experimented with bronze, which was prized for its ability to register fine detail and reflect light, developing the process of lost-wax casting, which enabled numerous copies of the same piece to be made, which is still in use today. The video looks at this process, as well as the modeling and chasing of the piece to produce the desired surface effect. RealPlayer is required to view the videos.
Link: http://www.getty.edu/art/gettyguide/videoDetails?cat=2&segid=370
Access: Free