Nudes Bronze Statue Art Sculptures
Bronze statues are an art form that has existed throughout the world since antiquity. Animals, plants, and the nude male or female body are frequent subjects for art. This statuary may also include figurines of men or women in a variety of sizes and styles.What are some features of bronze statues?
Bronze allows a wide range of expression and fine detail in sculpture.
- Sizes: People use this metal to construct art sculptures in a wide range of sizes, from small nude figurines of a woman or man to larger-than-life art for public view.
- Detail: During a classic method for manufacturing a sculpture, molten bronze — an alloy of copper and other metals, usually tin — is poured into a mold. The metal then expands, filling the mold. This expansion captures and preserves very fine details of the art such as hair, fabric folds and textures, facial features, even a decoration of tattoos on the skin of a nude man or woman. This quality allows the artisan to render the details of male and female nudes.
- Motion: Because of the metals ductility (its ability to stretch without breaking), artists can use it in making works featuring figures in a wide range of action and motion, including jumping, dancing, wrestling, or riding horses.
Though these sculptures often feature a distinctive dark brown cast, other color possibilities are available. Once a statue is freed from the mold and trimmed, the artist may add a corrosive chemical to the surface. This chemical is called a patina. There are several different color effects that an artist can achieve with a patina. Patinas can suggest a range of skin tones in nudes or clothing in art figurines and sculptures.
- Sulfur patinas: Liver of sulfur gives metal a range of colors from gold to nearly black.
- Cupic nitrate: This patina interacts with the copper to produce greens and blues. This patina can suggest that a female figure is wearing a blue dress, for example, or standing in blue water.
- Rodin green: The famous Rodin layered green patina over brown to produce a marbled effect in his sculptures.
- Gold: Though gold is not technically a patina, gold was layered over bronze in the 18th century to make ormolu. Ormolu, with its subtle matte gold color, was frequently used for sculptural or decorative elements in objects such as sconces and clocks.
Metal statues are very durable and require minimal care, especially if you have them placed indoors. It is important to keep them away from excess moisture or heat. Use a soft, non-abrasive cloth for gentle dusting. Careful preserving of a patina is sometimes called for. Cleaning may require extra care so that the patina is not accidentally removed or damaged.