book presents a new study of Greek large-scale bronze statuary of the late
Archaic and Classical periods. It examines the discovery, origin, style, date,
artistic attribution, identification, and interpretation of the surviving
bronzes, and focuses in particular on their technical features and casting
techniques. It contains over 170 plates of photographs and drawings to
illustrate its discussion.
also places the development of the casting techniques in connection with the
stylistic evolution in Greek free-standing sculpture. During the Classical
period, artists preferred bronze to marble when creating their contrapposto figures. Indisputably,
bronze gave particular freedom to artists in creating three-dimensional
figures. In addition, the evolution in style encouraged the development of the
uses of bronze to serve the new needs and tendencies in sculpture during the
late Archaic and especially the Classical period. Through the examination of
how technical matters affect style, this book presents fresh interpretations of
these important monuments of Greek art and offers a new approach in the field
of Greek free-standing bronze sculpture.