This elegant sculpture reproduces an original bronze cast. In 1852, the sculptor Harriet Goodhue Hosmer (American, 1830–1908) relocated from Watertown, Massachusetts, to Rome, Italy, where she became a prominent member of the Anglo-American expatriate community. In 1853, during her second winter in Rome, Hosmer developed a friendship with British poets Robert (1812–1889) and Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806–1861). Hosmer suggested making a cast of the poets’ interlocked right hands and Mrs. Browning agreed, provided the artist do it herself, rather than delegate the project to her studio assistants. Mrs. Browning’s delicate hand with a scalloped cuff is entwined in the slightly larger, firmer hand of her husband. Hosmer later noted that the hands appear just as they did when removed from the mold and, as a result, textural details are faithfully reproduced. This intimate piece is eloquent testimony to the profound love between the Brownings, who had eloped in Italy seven years earlier, as well as to the affection between the Brownings and Hosmer.
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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