Done for my art history class, a tour of Roman and Greek bronze works.
It’s the first time I’ve done anything quite like this, but it was kinda fun playing the didactic documentary narrator. 😉
Idiot that I am, I also forgot to add a piece of recorded narration at the head of this. So here’s the text:
To better appreciate these artworks, some understanding of the process involved in casting bronze is required. A process of mold-making known as the “lost wax” technique was favored by both the Greeks and the Romans. As the name implies, the initial sculpture is molded out of wax, which allows for greater control of the fine details due to the malleability of the material. The wax model would then be encased in clay let to dry, which would create a molding for the molten bronze to be poured and set into.
The Romans in particular favored this technique, as bronze was deemed more valuable than marble to them. Unfortunately, samplings of bronze sculptures are rarer today than marble simply due to the nature of the material: it is thought that older bronze statues were sometimes melted down and the material reused.