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The experimental reconstruction of the bronze warriors of Riace as part of the Frankfurt “Liebieghaus Polychromy Research Project”

La reconstitution expérimentale des bronzes de Riace dans le cadre des études sur la polychromie au Liebieghaus de Francfort
Vinzenz Brinkmann and Ulrike Koch-Brinkmann
p. 120-132

Abstracts

The contribution describes the experimental reconstruction of the two bronze warriors discovered in 1972 in the sea a few meters off the coast of Riace. The Frankfurt project intends to contribute to the question of the production process, but also to the interpretation of these famous sculptures. On the basis of a 3D scan, a 1:1 bronze replica was recast. Eyes, eyelashes, lips, teeth and nipples, which had been originally made of stones and inlays of copper and silver, were reproduced and, together with a speculative patination and a painting based on linseed oil and asphalt, provide a starting point to discuss issues of the authentic appearance. Meticulous studies of the preserved technical traces on the warriors’ heads allow a reconstruction of both lost headgears that eventually provide a strong argument for the identification of both warriors.

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Excerpt

Full text document will be published online on July 2021.

Outline

The 3D experimental reconstruction of Riace A and B
Bitumen and oil
Alloy, patina and colour

First lines

In the following lines, we will briefly report on an archaeological experiment in the field of ancient Greek bronze sculpture – an experiment oriented not strictly towards the recovery of ancient metallurgical processes, but rather towards the recovery of the external appearance of the sculpture. The project, which is part of 40 years of research on Greek sculptural polychromy, aims above all to contribute to a discussion on the issue of polychromy of ancient Greek bronze sculpture, as well as on the question of interpretation. With this in mind, not only the results of scientific research on ancient bronze sculptures, which have been compiled by various research teams worldwide in recent decades, but also the relevant written sources have been taken into account.

In addition to the polychrome appearance, there was an effort to reconstruct the lost elements of the figures (headgear and weapons) on the basis of the preserved technical evidence, in order to be able to offer new argume...

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References

Bibliographical reference

Vinzenz Brinkmann and Ulrike Koch-Brinkmann, “The experimental reconstruction of the bronze warriors of Riace as part of the Frankfurt “Liebieghaus Polychromy Research Project””Technè, 48 | 2019, 120-132.

Electronic reference

Vinzenz Brinkmann and Ulrike Koch-Brinkmann, “The experimental reconstruction of the bronze warriors of Riace as part of the Frankfurt “Liebieghaus Polychromy Research Project””Technè [Online], 48 | 2019, Online since 01 July 2021, connection on 07 March 2021. URL: http://journals.openedition.org/techne/2707; DOI: https://doi.org/10.4000/techne.2707

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About the authors

Vinzenz Brinkmann

Prof. Dr. Vinzenz Brinkmann, Head of the Department of Antiquities, Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung, Frankfurt am Main – Institut für Archäologische Wissenschaften, Goethe-University, Frankfurt am Main (brinkmann[at]liebieghaus.de).

Ulrike Koch-Brinkmann

Dr. Ulrike Koch-Brinkmann, Polychromy Research Project, Frankfurt am Main (ulrikekochbrinkmann[at]yahoo.de).

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