Sculpture "Zeus as a Lightning Spinner", Bronze

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Sculpture "Zeus as a Lightning Spinner", Bronze

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Replica | Bronze | Patinated | Gesamthöhe 15 cm

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Sculpture "Zeus as a Lightning Spinner", Bronze

"…And Zeus, the terror sender, and rocks the Aegis in horror." These words from Schiller's poem "The Victory Festival" is reminiscent of the Thunderer's statuette found in the Corinthian Zeus Shrine at Dodona. In a defensive position, the left far outstretched, in the right the lightning bolt, the gaze fixed calmly on the target of the terrible weapon. The openness of the figure develops so complexly that it leads the observer again around the statuette. An observer has a chance to feel body and movement plastically.

Original: State Museum of Berlin - Prussian Cultural Heritage, the Antique Museum of Berlin. Dodona, around 470 BC.

Fine patinated bronze casting. Height with a base of 15 cm.

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An alloy of copper with other metals (especially with tin) used since ancient times.

Bronze casting:

When casting bronze, artist usually applies the lost-wax technique which is dating back more than 5000 years. It's the best, but also the most complex method of producing sculptures.

Sculpture "The Book Reader" by Ernst Barlachs is shown here as an example:

Ernst Barlach: Sculpture 'The book reader'

Ernst Barlach 'The Book Reader' - Lost Wax Casting Technique Part 1

First, the artist forms a model of his sculpture. It is embedded in a liquid silicone rubber composition. Once the material has solidified, the model is cut out. The liquid wax is poured in the negative mould. After cooling down, the wax casting is removed from the mould, provided with sprues and dipped into ceramic mass. The ceramic mass is hardened in a kiln, and the wax flows out (lost mould).

Ernst Barlach 'The Book Reader' - Lost Wax Casting Technique Part 2Now we finally have the negative form, into which the 1400 ° C hot molten bronze is poured. After the bronze had cooled down, the ceramic shell is broken off and the sculpture comes to light.

Ernst Barlach 'The Book Reader' - Lost Wax Casting Technique Part 3Now the sprues are removed, the surfaces are polished, patinated and numbered by the artist himself or, to his specifications, by a specialist. Thus, each casting becomes an original work

For lower-grade bronze castings, the sand casting method is often used which, however, does not achieve the results of more complex lost wax technique in terms of surface characteristics and quality.

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Sand casting