By Guy Thomas

This can be a useful and entire consultant to the normal craft of bronze casting. It describes how a sculpture is solid into bronze, following the instance of a modelled head in the course of the entire casting strategy. in addition to demonstrating clay, wax and plaster modelling and their casting tools, it information many quickly equipment of constructing sculptures using casting, modelling and building recommendations. The booklet comprises rules for making sculptures and 3 tasks supply a step by step consultant to creating sculptures utilizing the options lined within the ebook.

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Iskender, Byzantine Institute, 1934) 57 Deesis after consolidation and cleaning, but before retouching The three figures of the panel survive in a fragmentary state. Half figures of Christ (center) and John the Baptist (right) and the head and right shoulder of the Virgin Mary (left) have been preserved. In addition, a fragment of the jeweled leg of Christ’s throne remains below him. (photo: Byzantine Institute) rendering bed and the intermediate layer of plaster usually consist of lime, brick dust, and chopped straw.

58), the red paint on the surface of the setting bed and beneath the golden tesserae accentuates the gold. The variation of golden colors creates an array of tones according to the position from which one views the mosaic. Brennan described in his diary an area 65 x 50 centimeters along the lower right border of the mosaic panel of St. Ignatios Theophoros in the north tympanum (Pl. 54 He pointed out that, instead of replacing the mosaics, the workmen had simply painted the plaster. This restored section must have belonged to the Byzantine period, since the conservators found a coat of Fossati plaster on top of it, and restoration of the saint’s figure would not have been carried out during the Ottoman period.

While working on the mosaic panel of Ignatios Theophoros in 1940, the conservator J. M. Brennan described how the conservators restored the original white color of the dolomite cubes in the garments of the church fathers (Figs. 27, 28; Pls. 4, 5). Unlike glass tesserae, which could be cleaned with brushes and an ammonia-soaked cloth, the marble cubes absorbed the ammonia solution, leading the grey-brown film of dirt to penetrate the tesserae. 39 Mosaic Techniques During their work at Hagia Sophia, the Byzantine Institute conservators investigated the techniques used in creating the mosaics.

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