bronze - Any of various alloys of copper and tin, sometimes with tin or other metals. It has commonly been used in casting. A work cast in bronze is sometimes referred to as a bronze. It may also refer to the color of bronze, a moderate yellowish to olive brown.

Abbreviated as br.

When a bronze decoration is gilt it is often called ormolu.

Many of the alloys that are described as bronze are actually brass, which is the alloy of copper and zinc. Alloys with both zinc and tin are known as gunmetals.


Examples of works in bronze:


Greece, from Olympia, Statuette of a Horse, Geometric Period, c. 750-700 BCE, bronze, Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory U, Atlanta, GA. Such bronze statuettes were most often dedicated in sanctuaries as votive offerings. A figurine much like this one appeared in the movie "Black Stallion," and was called Bucephalus.



see thumbnail to leftGreek, Crete, 690-670 BCE, Lyre Player, bronze, height 4 1/2 inches (11.5 cm), J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu, CA.




see thumbnail to rightEtruria, Chariot, c. 550-525 BCE, bronze, ivory, height 51 9/16 inches (130.91 cm), Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY. See Etruscan art and repoussé.





see thumbnail to leftRussia, Krasnodar Region, Kuban area, Seven Brothers burial mound, Bridle Plaque in the Form of a Resting Stag, mid 5th century BCE, bronze, 4.7 x 4.7 cm, Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia. See plaque and Russian art.



see thumbnail to rightGreek, late fourth century BCE, Statue of a Victorious Youth, bronze with copper inlays, height 59 5/8 inches (151.5 cm), J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu, CA. See nude.



Thailand, Dvaravati, 8th - 9th century, Buddha Shakyamuni, bronze with lacquer and gilding, 6 1/2 x 3 5/8 x 1 3/4 inches (16.5 x 9.2 x 4.4 cm), Los Angeles County Museum of Art.



see thumbnail to leftSouthern Netherlands or Eastern France (Lorraine), Aquamanile: Aristotle Ridden by Phyllis, c. 1400, bronze, height 13 1/4 inches (33.5 cm), Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY. See aquamanile and Dutch art.



England, fifteenth century, Book Clasp. This was found in England early in 1998 along the River Thames foreshore (river bank area concealed at high tide, but revealed at low), length 5.8 cm, width 3.3 cm, Michael Delahunt collection.



Jean Houdon (French, 1741-1828).



Antoine Louis Barye (French, 1796-1875). See animalia.





see thumbnail to leftJean-Jacques Feuchère (French, 1807-1852), Satan, c. 1836, bronze, height 31 inches (78.7 cm), Los Angeles County Museum of Art.





see thumbnail to rightJohn Quincy Adams Ward (American, 1830-1910), The Freedman, 1862, bronze, 20 x 14 3/4 x 7 inches, National Academy of Design, NY.



Auguste Rodin (French, 1840-1917), She Who Was the Helmet-Maker's Beautiful Wife, c. 1880-85, bronze, height 19 1/2 inches (49.5 cm), Los Angeles County Museum of Art. See Realism.




see thumbnail to leftAugustus Saint-Gaudens (American, 1848-1907), The Puritan, 1883-1886 (this cast, 1899 or after), bronze, 30 1/2 x 18 1/2 x 13 inches (77.5 x 47 x 33 cm), Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY. See American Colonial art, the period this sculpture depicts.



Aristide Maillol (French, 1861-1944)






see thumbnail to rightHenri Matisse (French, 1869-1954), Henriette III (Large Head), 1929, bronze, height 40 cm, Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.




see thumbnail to leftPablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973), Cock, 1932, bronze, 65.1 x 54.3 x 31.8 cm, Tate Gallery, London.





see thumbnail to rightPablo Picasso, Baboon and Young, 1951, bronze, height 21 inches.



Henry Moore (English, 1898-1987)



Joel Shapiro (American, 1941-).



Deborah Butterfield (American, 1949-).




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Also see copyright, core, crown, direct casting, fibula, indirect casting, lead, lost-wax casting, mirror, mold, patina, statue, and temperature.






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