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Author Wade, Rebecca (Rebecca J.), author.

Title Domenico Brucciani and the formatori of nineteenth-century Britain / Rebecca Wade.

Publication Info. New York : Bloomsbury Publishing Inc, 2018.

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Description 1 online resource
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Object lessons -- Exhibitions great and small -- Death masks and dance halls -- Building museum collections of plaster casts -- Casting aside.
Summary Born near the Tuscan province of Lucca in 1815, Domenico Brucciani became the most important and prolific maker of plaster casts in nineteenth-century Britain. This first substantive study shows how he and his business used public exhibitions, emerging museum culture and the nationalisation of art education to monopolise the market for reproductions of classical and contemporary sculpture. 0Based in Covent Garden in London, Brucciani built a network of fellow Italian emigre formatori and collaborated with other makers of facsimiles including Elkington the electrotype manufacturers, Copeland the makers of Parian ware and Benjamin Cheverton with his sculpture reducing machine. 0Brucciani's plaster casts from the antique survive in collections from North America to New Zealand, but the extraordinary breadth of his practice-making death masks of the famous and infamous, producing pioneering casts of anatomical, botanical and fossil specimens and decorating dance halls and theatres across Britain-is revealed here for the first time. By making unprecedented use of the nineteenth-century periodical press and dispersed archival sources, 'Domenico Brucciani and the Formatori of Nineteenth-Century Britain' establishes the significance of Brucciani's sculptural practice to the visual and material cultures of Victorian Britain and beyond.
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Subject Brucciani, Domenico, 1815-1880.
D. Brucciani & Co.
Plaster casts.
Art and society -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
ART -- Sculpture & Installation.
Individual artists, art monographs.
History of art -- art & design styles.
Art and society.
Plaster casts.
Great Britain.
Chronological Term 1800-1899
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Wade, Rebecca (Rebecca J.). Domenico Brucciani and the formatori of nineteenth-century Britain. New York : Bloomsbury Publishing Inc, 2018 9781501332197 (DLC) 2018032912 (OCoLC)1022078433
ISBN 9781501332203 (electronic bk.)
1501332201 (electronic bk.)
9781501332210 (epdf)