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Plaster Casts : death or life ?

Publication in danish language.
Titles translated by Jan Zahle. Book published by the Friends of the Royal Cast Collection in Copenhague.



- Marie-Louise Berner, MA in Art History, Senior Research Fellow. Chairman.
The Friends of the Copenhagen Cast Collection.


- Flemming Johansen, MA in Classical Archaeology. Former Director of Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen.
Murder in the Harbour.

- Flemming Friborg, MA in Art History. Director of Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen.
Plaster, Cult and the Classics ? Carl Jacobsen in the Service of Plaster.

- Troels Andersen, MA in Art History. Former Director of Silkeborg Museum
Out of Sight ? 1966-1995. A dark chapter in the history of the Cast Collection.

- Allis Helleland, MA. in Art History. Director of Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen.
The Copenhagen Cast Collection 1995-2002. Experience and status.

- Jan Zahle, PhD. in Classical Archaeology. Senior Research Fellow. Former Keeper of the Copenhagen Cast Collection.
What Actually Happened? Opening and closing the Copenhagen Cast Collection 1995-2002.

- Marie-Louise Berner, MA in Art History. Senior Research Fellow
A Stone in the Shoe. The Cast Collection in Numbers 1995-2002.

- Jan Zahle, PhD. in Classical Archaeology. Senior Research Fellow. Former Keeper of the Copenhagen Cast Collection.
The Copenhagen Cast Collection as an archive for sculptural understanding ? and its importance for experience, teaching and knowledge.

- Ernst Jonas Bencard, MA in Art History, Senior Research Fellow at Thorvaldsens Museum in Copenhagen.
The Cast Collection Struck by Sculptural Illiteracy.

- Carsten Thau, MA in the History of Ideas. Professor at the School of Architecture, the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen.
The Right Cast: plaster as art, copy and doctrine.

- Paul Zanker, PhD in Classical Archaeology. Former Professor at the University of Munich.
Space for Inspiration ? Bodies for Dreaming. Why Copenhagen needs its cast collection right now.

- Bjørn Nørgaard, artist. Professor at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen.
I Love Casts.

- Martin Erik Andersen and Torben Kapper, artists. Both based in Copenhagen.
Interlude ? 3 Dialogues in the Cast Gallery.

- Stig Miss, MA in Art History. Director of Thorvaldsens Museum, Copenhagen.
The Cast Collection ? One of the City?s Attractions?

- Jane Fejfer, MA in Classical Archaeology. External Lecturer at the University of Copenhagen.
Copenhagen as a City of Sculpture.

- Lars Bernhard Jørgensen, MSc, Managing Director of Wonderful Copenhagen
The Cast Collection Gives Copenhagen Perspective.

- Louise Cone, sculpture conservator.
From Dirt to Patina: the Cleaning of Plaster Casts in Denmark in a Historical Perspective.

- Jørgen Bau, art restorer. Former Head of Conservation at the Copenhagen Cast Collection.
Restoration of the Cast Collection.

- Eric Erlandsen ( 2003), sculptor and conservator.
The Cast Collection and the Restoration of Historical Sculptures.

- Rune Frederiksen, PhD in Classical Archaeology. Senior Research Fellow at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.
Communicating Casts ? The Educational Potential of the Cast Collection.

- Anders Brix, MAA MDD. Professor of Architecture at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen.
The Design Department of the Academy in the Cast Gallery.

To obtain the book write to:
DBK, Mimersvej 4, DK-4600 Køge
Afstøbningssamlingen. Død eller levende? København 2005
Price DKr 195,- incl. added-value tax + postage (Europe DKr 67,-)

Spejlinger i gips

København 2004. 504 pages and illustrations

In 2004 an exhibition was held at The Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen in occasion of its 250th anniversary. The exhibition showed a reconstruction of the original main hall of the Academy?s plaster cast collection as it was c. 1789-1828 combined with 10 original new sculptures in plaster and created for the exhibition. In adjacent rooms were shown paintings and drawings of the late 17th and early 18th Centuries that formed the basis for the reconstruction of the exhibition.
The exhibition and the documentation have been published in a lavishly illustrated book (in Danish). It includes a full photo-documentation of the Academy?s present cast collection of more than 1000 pieces.

Kjerrman, P., B. Nørgård, J. Zahle & J. Bertelsen, ?Spejlinger i gips?, København 2004 (pp. 504)
250 DKr. + dispatch fee (DKr 38,75) incl. added-value tax + postage (Europe DKr 102,-)

Mail to Tina Fredebo, Schultz Distribution, tfr@schultz.dk

School of Fine Arts in Paris.

La chapelle de l'Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Paris

By Emmanuel SCHWAR, past Director.

Lorsqu'il entre dans la chapelle de l'Ecole des beaux-arts de Paris, le promeneur de Saint-Germain-des-Prés est accueilli par le silence des moulages qui dorment depuis cent cinquante ans à l'abri de ce modeste musée. Mais des voix puissantes ont retenti ici, auxquelles notre petit ouvrage voudrait emprunter un peu de leur passion. Marguerite de Navarre, la bonne reine Margot, dédia ce temple à ses amours sanglantes et à sa foi en Dieu. Le révolutionnaire Alexandre Lenoir en fit le mythique et macabre Musée des Monuments français : les statues des rois exhumés proclamèrent en ce lieu une nouvelle sensibilité artistique. Ce double souvenir éclaire et colore l'intelligence du monument que nous décrivons. Ainsi Napoléon et Chateaubriand, les tout jeunes Michelet et Schopenhauer, Mérimée et Alexandre Dumas, Ingres, Delacroix et Gustave Moreau, sur les murs de cette église exécrée, virent la dispute des classiques et des modernes autour de l'héritage du Moyen âge et de la Renaissance ; ils y lurent les défis pathétiques lancés par Michel-Ange à Raphaël, par le génie français aux modèles italiens, par l'art à la mort, par l'imagination aux forces qui prétendent l'étouffer. On trouvera dans ce guide le simple catalogue des pièces exposées. Mais nous espérons aussi que le visiteur prendra parti dans les querelles successives que déroule sous ses yeux, de travée en travée, une leçon d'histoire dans la chapelle de l'Ecole des beaux-arts.


Editor :
Ecole Nat.sup.des Beaux-Arts
17 Quai Malaquais, F 75272 Paris cedex 06
Emmanuel Schwartz Tel. +33 1/47 03 50 00 - Fax +33 1/47 03 50 80

120 pages Format 14 cm x 24 cm Illustrations couleurs ISBN 2840561220
Almudena Negrete Plano.
La colección de vaciados de escultura que Antonio Rafael Mengs donó a Carlos III para la Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando.

La colección de vaciados de escultura que Antonio Rafael Mengs donó a Carlos III para la Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando
MEMORIA PARA OPTAR AL GRADO DE DOCTOR PRESENTADA POR
Director José María Luzón Nogué -Madrid, 2012. 727 pages (ISBN: 978-84-616-1680-0)

Abstract :
THE COLLECTION OF CASTS OF SCULPTURES THAT ANTONIO RAFAEL MENGS DONATED TO CARLOS III FOR THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS OF SAN FERNANDO.

Anton Rafael Mengs, Court Painter of King Charles IIIrd., gifted the King the extensive plaster-cast collection that he had created throughout the years in Madrid, Rome and Florence.

The Royal Academy of Arts of San Fernando, created short time before this, was in need of plaster-cast models that served as reference and inspiration for the Spanish artists.

The repertoire of moulds and models belonging to Mengs arrived to Spain in a decisive moment for the develop of arts in our country. They played a major role for the apprenticeship of artists and became the main vehicle of transmission to establish the neo-classical taste that was achieving a great success in many places around Europe and for which the German painter was one of his most eminent theorist.

Attending to Mengs, who shared the same aesthetic ideas as Winckelmann, there was only one possible way to achieve the perfection on arts. It was through the contemplation and imitation of the ancient art as the ancients knew how to make a selection of the most perfect parts.

Casts of the most celebrated statues of the Antiquity, to the detriment of the originals, could summarize all the knowledge necessary for the young artists at the Royal Academy.

The object of this work has been to achieve a complete study , that is to say a material analysis, creation, history, donation, dispatch to Madrid and fortune of the collection as well as to determine de different provenances of the pieces and the contacts the artist made to obtain them.

As a result it has been possible to reconstruct and identify the whole collection, providing with a complete catalogue of all the pieces. Together with a number of monographic chapters devoted to specific sculptures when their importance and consequence required it.
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Musée des Monuments français

Le musée de sculpture comparée : naissance de l'histoire de l'art moderne

Actes du colloque "Le musée de sculpture comparée : l'invention d'un modèle au XIXe siècle" tenu à paris, au musée des Monuments français les 8 et 9 décembre 1999.

Edition du patrimoine (Série Idées et Débats), 159 pages et illustrations.(150FF / 22,87 Euros)
ISBN 2-85822-597-4