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Near Life The Gipsformerei: 200 Years of Casting Plaster

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Publisher's Synopsis

For the last two centuries the Gipsformerei - or Reproduction Workshop - in Berlin has produced outstanding plaster cast replicas of some of the most famous works in the history of sculpture. Still in operation today, it is one of the oldest and most expansive institutions of its kind. Its archives hold several thousand original master models and molds-of artworks and artefacts up to 25,000 years old. To celebrate the Gipsformerei's anniversary, this book explores the cultural history of the casting technique that has been carefully perfected by the workshop. As one of the world's oldest artistic techniques, plaster casting has been used by artists from antiquity to the present to depict life. This book focuses on casts of animals and plants, European death masks and life casts, as well as sculptural masterpieces and contemporary works of art. Featuring more than two hundred extraordinary sculptures and objects from the collection of the Gipsformerei, complemented by pieces from international collections, this publication is one of the first to showcase the casts as works of art in their own right.

About the Publisher



Prestel is one of the world's leading illustrated book publishers with a stunning list of beautifully crafted books on all aspects of art, architecture, photography and design. From the latest pop culture and fashion to major exhibition catalogues, Prestel ensures that quality reigns throughout everything they publish. Prestel is the publisher for art lovers, designers and those with an eye for beauty - young and old alike, Prestel appeals to all those with a passion for visual culture.

Book information

ISBN: 9783791359403
Publisher: Prestel
Imprint: Prestel
Pub date:
Language: English
Number of pages: 265
Weight: 1370g
Height: 300mm
Width: 234mm
Spine width: 27mm