Small-scale bronze sculpture from the ancient Mediterranean is reviewed here by fifteen leading scholars and scientists. This collection of essays explores the historical and technical considerations in provenancing and collecting bronzes of Greek, Etruscan, and Roman manufacture.
The volume is a collection of papers given at a symposium on small bronze sculpture held in March 1989 at the J. Paul Getty Museum.
Table of Contents
- Dr. Heinz Menzel: In Memoriam David Gordon Mitten
Samos and Some Aspects of Archaic Greek
Ancient Copper Alloys: Some Metallurgical and Technological Studies of Greek and Roman Bronzes
David A. Scott and Jerry Podany
Egyptian Metal Statuary of the Third Intermediate Period (Circa 1070–656 B.C.), from Its Egyptian Antecedents to its Samian Examples
Robert Steven Bianchi
The Human Figure in Classical Bronze-working: Some Perspectives
Joan R. Mertens
The Gilding of Bronze Sculpture in the Classical World
W. A. Oddy, M. R. Cowell, P.T. Craddock, and D. R. Hook
The Casting of Greek Bronzes: Variation and Repetition
Carol C. Mattusch
Practical Considerations and Problems of Bronze Casting
Paul K. Cavanagh
Surface Working, Chiseling, Inlays, Plating, Silvering, and Gilding
Patinated and Painted Bronzes: Exotic Technique or Ancient Tradition?
Scientific Approaches to the Question of Authenticity
How Important Is Provenance? Archaeological and Stylistic Questions in the Attribution of Ancient Bronzes
The Use of Scientific Techniques in Provenance Studies of Ancient Bronzes
Connoisseurship and Antiquity
List of Ancient Objects
About the Authors
Marion True is curator of antiquities and Jerry Podany is conservator of antiquities at the J. Paul Getty Museum.