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Beautiful Bronze - Bronze Sculpture in Ancient and Modern Times

Beautiful Bronze - Bronze Sculpture in Ancient and Modern Times

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Though most cultures have a history of creating bronze sculptures, it was the ancient Greeks who are credited with the first life-size bronze figures. At first beating the bronze into shape and welding pieces together, the Greeks later refined the bronze sculpture technique by creating a clay model, lining it with wax and then a second layer of clay. The molten bronze was then poured in, which melted the wax and left a uniform bronze piece in the desired shape.
Though most cultures have a history of creating bronze sculptures, it was the ancient Greeks who are credited with the first life-size bronze figures. At first beating the bronze into shape and welding pieces together, the Greeks later refined the bronze sculpture technique by creating a clay model, lining it with wax and then a second layer of clay. The molten bronze was then poured in, which melted the wax and left a uniform bronze piece in the desired shape.

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Though most cultures have a history of creating
bronze sculptures
, it was theancient Greeks who are credited with thefirst life-size bronze figures. At first beating the bronze into shape and welding pieces together, the Greeks later refinedthe bronze sculpture technique by creatinga clay model, lining it with wax and then asecond layer of clay. The molten bronzewas then poured in, which melted the waxand left a uniform bronze piece in thedesired shape. Modern bronze sculptorshave taken the Greek idea of large-size artto new heights, with impressively-sized bronze sculptures. Finished bronze canalso be gilded, a process known asormulu.Bronze, an easily molded, durable andvisually appealing material, has beenutilized by civilized man for more than5,500 years. According to archaeologicalfinds, though bronze was initially used inthe making of weapons and householditems, it was quickly discovered that thematerial made unparalleled art.Archaeological evidence shows that bronze first appeared in Iran, Iraq and Turkey around 3,500 BCE (before the currentera), followed by India (3,300 BCE) and concurrently, China and Europe (about 2,100BCE).Bronze is an alloy of copper with another material, usually tin, though other materials,including phosphorous, aluminum or silicon, may also be used. Bronze has the uniquequality of expanding slightly as it cools. This makes it ideal for pouring into molds, asit "grows" to fill in extremely delicate details within the mold, lending a realisticappearance.Though most cultures have a history of creating bronze sculptures, it was the ancientGreeks who are credited with the first life-size bronze figures. At first beating the bronze into shape and welding pieces together, the Greeks later refined the
bronze sculpture
technique by creating a clay model, lining it with wax and then a second

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