“Lost-wax” casting is the most ancient method of casting
and the interest that surrounds it concerns its remote origins several
The earliest traces of this procedure that was destined
to spread all over the world date back to 4000 BC when it was first used
by the Chinese and Indians, before appearing in the Mediterranean area
at the time of the ancient pre-Hellenic civilizations.
Of extreme interest are the archaeological findings in China dating back
to the Shang dynasty (1726-1122 BC), and the discovery in India of a
copper statue of Siva the god of dancing, produced some time around the
ninth or eighth century BC.
Bronzes of Riace"
The “Lost-wax” art foundry most certainly
reached the peak of its fame during the period of the Magna
Expressive testimonies to this are found in precious works from that
period, including the renowned “Bronzes
of Riace” produced
around the year 600 BC, restored in Florence and now on display in
the National Museum of Reggio Calabria.
This procedure reached the peak of its artistic
vitality during the Italian renaissance with the realization of numerous artistic
masterpieces like “Perseus with Medusa’s
head” by Benvenuto
Cellini, the realization of which was illustrated in great detail by the
artist himself in his autobiography.