French Bronze Sculpture: Materials and Techniques 16th - 18th Century

David Bourgarit, Jane Bassett, Francesca Bewer, Geneviève Bresc-Bautier, Philippe Malgouyres, Guilhem Scherf (eds)

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ISBN: 9781909492042
Binding: Hardback
Dimensions: 297 x 210
Pages: 268
Illustrations: 183 Colour

The papers in this volume shed light on the production of important French bronze sculptures, as well as decorative and utilitarian objects, dating between the 16th and 18th century. Those who study such works must take into account that the making of a bronze is an inherently reproductive process as well as a complex, collaborative endeavour. The studies presented in this book mostly relate to the production of specific sculptors and founders, or of specific works of art. They draw on a range of evidence – written sources, archaeological investigations of foundry sites, close scrutiny of the objects themselves and elemental analysis of metals reveal much about the business of bronze working and technological know-how, and provide a further wealth of evidence about process, as well as increasingly useful information for attribution and dating. As the papers illustrate, integrating these technical approaches with connoisseurship is the key to understanding and characterizing the fabrication processes of particular works, and to correctly identifying the relationship between different casts based on the same model.

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The book is well illustrated with extremely clear and informative photographs and diagrams. [It] gives a comprehensive background to the commissioning and casting of bronze statues with extensive analysis of the different bronzes being used, which can help to establish the foundry and date of production as well as authenticity. The close inspection of the pieces also gives a vivid insight into the production methods showing infills, repairs, building and finishing techniques.
ICON News - September 2014

This bi-lingual volume of 18 papers by curators, art historians, scientists and conservators is the tangible result of an international symposium organised by the Musée du Louvre and the Centre de Recherche et de Restauration des Musées de France ("C2RMF") in June 2012. The organisers and authors are to be congratulated on its rapid publication, and the publishers on a well-illustrated and dynamically designed art book. [...] The volume is a mine of new and fascinating information.
The Art Newspaper - No. 261, October 2014