In the 15th century, bronze came increasingly into use for the casting of sculpture, and though many European cities had foundries, Florence saw the first true flowering of bronze sculpture. The first great entrepreneur in casting and exquisitely patinating bronze statuettes was the Flemish-born Mannerist Giovanni Bologna (Italian [Florentine], ca. 1529-1608) known as Giambologna. Court sculptors all over Europe emulated the bronze techniques of Giambologna and his assistants. Our Corpus of Christ is a faithful reproduction of a bronze sculpture in the Museum's collection. The original was cast in the early-17th century in the workshop of Giovanni Francesco Susini (ca. 1575-1653), off of a model by Giambologna. The cross has been lost, but Christ's pathos and agony are delicately conveyed. The modeling of the figure reveals a profound sensitivity to form and expression.
Made of bonded bronze (cold cast). "Cold-Cast" bronze (also referred to as "bonded bronze") is a product made from resin mixed/blended with 100% pure bronze powder to give it the appearance of the true bronze. It looks just as a "lost wax" bronze object does - both are bronzes. The cost for making a "lost wax" bronze statue is much greater than that of a "cold-cast" bronze statue. A sculpture made of "lost wax" bronze would be several times more expensive then made in cold cast bronze. Yet in either of the above materials, the casts (the final product made out of the mold) are made using the same rubber mold; which is taken from the original sculpture. Thus, the final result is exactly the same bronze sculpture, only made in a different bronze material. With the cold cast we still achieve the same bronze effect at much lower cost and thus is more affordable.
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