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Bronze sculptures are an amazing part of history and art innovation. These common alloys have a unique property that makes it expand slightly before it finishes the setting process. This makes it a perfect material for those that appreciate sculpture art. As the alloy is finishing cooling, it will actually shrink just a bit allowing it to be worked with. This enables the sulpture artist to remove the bronze sculptures easily from their molds.

Another strength this alloy has is found in its ductility. It allows it not to break once the cooling process is complete. Today the statuary bronze for sculptures is a combination of about 90% copper combined with about 10% tin. Surprisingly, today’s combination of metals is about the same as it was thousands of years ago.

Casting processes are utilized to create the unique metal. Some of the popular methods of casting for this purpose are centrifugal casting, sand casting, and lost-wax casting. Modern times have found few changes in this casting process except for the addition of electrotyping. However, even this newer edition of casting contains a purity in the copper that sets it apart from this particular methodology.

Historically, this has been a type of artwork popular with all civilizations. However, not a lot of that artwork has survived today. While pieces from many cultures have survived, it is much more commonplace to find ceramic or marble artifacts around the world. Rome is one of the few places where many ancient pieces have survived through the ages.

Why the lack of ancient bronze sculptures?

This alloy is extremely versatile. It is perfect for making beautiful pieces of artwork, as well as being extremely strong. This makes it possible to make exceptionally inexpensive weaponry. Back in the day, the artwork would be melted down, and made into weaponry to support the local armies. In times of peace, the alloy could then be melted down, and cast in to new pieces of artwork. It was also made into versatile utensils around the home.

Who are some of the more popular sculptors? What pieces are they known for?

-          David Ascalon was born in 1945 near Tel Aviv, Israel. He is most known for beautiful mosaic murals and stained glass windows. His other pieces such as the “Totem”, and the breath taking “Holocaust Memorial” really show off the natural talent of this artist.

-          Donato di Niccolo di Betto Bardi, or more popularly called Donatello, was born around 1386, and was a residence of Florence, Italy. “Virgin and Child with Four Angels” and “David” are perhaps his most renowned pieces. He was a master of the arts, creating many popular bronze sculptures that still exist today.

-          Carl Milles was born in Sweden in1875. His artworks include “Poseidon” and “The Sunsinger”.

Bronze sculptures are a masterpiece of art capable of withstanding the test of time. It enables people to enjoy its beauty as time goes on. By insuring this magnificent craft remains alive and well, it allows future generations the ability to enjoy those same pieces of artwork tomorrow.


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