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Cast, plaster
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Plaster casting is a mechanical means of reproducing three-dimensional works of art and natural objects (Sculpture [modeling]). The quality of such a cast depends on the negative mold, the making of which demands the highest craftsmanship. A distinction must be made between casting in which the mold is lost (one-time copying of a model) and casting using partial or elastic molds (multiple casts). Plaster casts were used as models or intermediate steps in the creation of works of art before they became signifi…

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Sölch, Brigitte, “Cast, plaster”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 06 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_020257>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160907

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