Dietz replica "Nebra sky disk"


Dietz replica "Nebra sky disk"

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Original Dietz Replica | Copper | Gold Elements | Ø 32 cm | Weight 1,3 kg

Dietz replica "Nebra sky disk"

The Nebra sky disk is a bronze plate from the Bronze Age with applications made from gold, apparently illustrating astronomical phenomena and religious symbols. It is considered to be the oldest illustation of the sky in the world and one of the most important archeological finds of this era. It was discovered on 4 July 1999 by looters in a stone chamber on Mittelberg, close to the town of Nebra in Saxony-Anhalt. Since 2002, it is part of the collection at "Landesmuseum für Vorgeschichte Sachsen-Anhalt" in Halle. In 2012, it was included in the registry of valuable national culture artefacts. Since 2013, the sky disk has also been part of the UNESCO World Heritage. This 'Memory of the World' register collects important records from the history of mankind. 

The disk is almost a perfect circle of around 32cm diameter with a thickness of 4.5mm in the centre and 1.7mm on the edge. It weighs about 2.3kg. The original disk is made from bronze, an alloy consisting of copper and tin and the copper part has been traced back to Mitterberg close to Mühlbach am Hochkönig in the eastern part of the Alps.

According to interpretations by experts, the little plates are stars, a group of seven small plates may be symbolising the Pleiades, part of the taurus zodiac sign. The other 23 stars cannot be assigned to any particular stars and are thought to be decoration. The large centrepiece has been interpreted as the sun, today it is thought that it might represent a full moon while the sickle is probably a first quarter moon. 

Original: Landesmuseum für Vorgeschichte, Halle/Saale.

Our Dietz replica has a diameter of about 32cm and has been made with copper (2mm thick). Weight ca. 1.3 kg. All gold elements are made from 22 carat gold, ridges can be felt. The Dietz replica has been designed after permission was obtained from Landesmuseum für Vorgeschichte, Halle/Saale.

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The mold is usually taken directly from the original, so that the replica reproduces even the finest details. After casting the replica, using the most appropriate method, the surface is polished, patinated, gilded or painted according to the original.

A replica of ars mundi is a recognizable image of the original.

Günter Dietz developed a revolutionary method for the authentic reproduction of images, where not the usual printing inks are used, but the same original colors used by the artist. Depending on the artist's painting technique, up to 180 (!) various paint applications need to be applied in order to achieve a perfect replica of the original that also sensationally reflects the "relief" and pastosity of colour composition.

Here are the examples of  'Couple at the Garden Table' by August Macke:

Dietz-replica Inking

Similarly, the material of the original carrier, such as reproduction on canvas, paper, wood, copper, parchment is always used.

The result is a perfect, gridless reproduction that comes very close to the original in expressiveness and effect. Even museum specialists often can not distinguish the replica from the original. Therefore, a special security notice must be inserted, which is visible only under X-rays.

The circulation of most of the Dietz replicas is limited, usualy to 950 copies. Each canvas replica is stretched onto a frame as the original, so you can retighten the canvas according to variations in room temperature and humidity. High-quality solid wood strips round off the image of every Dietz replica.

Numerous masterpiece paintings of Rembrandt, Caspar David Friedrich, Claude Monet, Gustav Klimt and various others have been recreated by the Dietz Offizin. Famous modern artists such as Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, Max Ernst, Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Joan Miró, Marc Chagall used the method developed by Günter Dietz to have replicas of their works produced.

Press commentaries:

“The Dietz System provides images as good as the originals. What the electronics did with the invention of Hi-Fi and stereo for music playback - here the graphic technology made up for visual art.“ (Die Zeit)

“In theory there is no difference between the original and the Dietz replica. They should not be called reproductions, but facsimiles.“ (Newsweek)

“For art printers all over the world remains unrealizable to this day, what managed only Dietz with the help of printing technology: The perfect reproduction of painted works. “ (Der Spiegel)

Konrad Adenauer at the presentation of Dietz replica of the frieze "To the young St. Peter" (Bundeshaus Bonn)

Konrad Adenauer in the Dietz Offizin

Günter Dietz (on the left) and Marino Marini

Günter Dietz and Marino Marini