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Francesca G. Bewer
Francesca G. Bewer is Research Curator for Conservation and Technical Studies Programs, and Director of the Summer Institute for Technical Studies in Art at Harvard Art Museums.
Bewer, Francesca G.
Bewer, Francesca G.
United States of America
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Ancient Bronzes through a Modern Lens: Introductory Essays on the Study of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Bronzes
Sometime in the early 1620s, a group of foreign artists studying antiquities in Rome had a debate about what makes for excellent bronze casting. The Flemish sculptor François Du Quesnoy (1597-1643) and the German artist Joachim von Sandrart (1606-1688) decided to climb up onto the equestrian monument to Emperor Marcus...
Ancient Bronzes through a Modern Lens: Introductory Essays on the Study of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Bronzes
This publication brings together prominent art historians, conservators, and scientists to discuss fresh approaches to the study of ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern works of bronze. Featuring significant bronzes from the Harvard Art Museums’ holdings as well as other museum collections, the volume’s eight essays present technical and formal analyses in a format that will be useful for both general readers and students of ancient art. The text provides an overview of ancient manufacturing processes as well as modern methods of scientific examination, and it focuses on objects as diverse as large-scale statuary and more utilitarian armor, vessels, and lamps. Filling a current gap in the art historical literature, this book offers a much-needed, accessible introduction to ancient bronzes.
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Print publication date November 2014 (in print)
Print ISBN 9780300207798
EISBN 9780300236842
Illustrations 113 Illus.
Print Status in print