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Plaster cast

Plaster cast

  • Place of origin:

    Lombardy (sculpted)
    Milan (cast)

  • Date:

    16th century (sculpted)
    ca. 1891 (cast)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown
    Campi, Carlo (makers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Plaster cast

  • Museum number:

    REPRO.1891-128

  • Gallery location:

    Cast Courts, Room 46b, The Weston Cast Court , case WW

This plaster cast with a Latin inscription, supported by putti, records the building of Como Cathedral, and the completion of its façade. The calligraphy is deliberately reminiscent of Roman lettering, like that seen on Trajan's Column, a cast of which is also in the Museum's collection. The cast was made by Carlo Campi in Milan in about 1891.

Plaster casts were especially sought after during the 19th century, when reproductions of great works of sculpture and architecture were thought crucial for the training of artists. A separating substance was applied to the surface of the work to be reproduced, and a plaster mould made from that. The mould would then be used to make any number of additional plaster copies. These were often sold to artists, and later in the century to art colleges for study purposes.

Place of Origin

Lombardy (sculpted)
Milan (cast)

Date

16th century (sculpted)
ca. 1891 (cast)

Artist/maker

Unknown
Campi, Carlo (makers)

Materials and Techniques

Plaster cast

Dimensions

Height: 87 cm, Width: 122 cm

Object history note

Purchased from Carlo Campi in 1891 for 7s (30 lire).

Historical context note

The inscription records the building of the Cathedral, and the completion of the facade.

Descriptive line

Plaster cast of a stone tablet, from the rear wall of Como Cathedral, with an inscription recording the building of the Cathedral, and the completion of the facade, by an unidentified Lombard sculptor, 16th century, cast by Carlo Campi, Milan, ca. 1891

Materials

Plaster

Techniques

Casting

Subjects depicted

Tablets

Categories

Architecture; Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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