"From Plaster To Bronze"
Our research builds up on the Rodin collection overviews and museum contacts established by the Rodin-Web since 1996. More than 200 public Rodin collections have been listed and described here and intensive communication has developed with scholars, curators and registrars dealing with Rodin´s
Through our contact with the Maclaren Art Centre in Barrie, Canada, we have been involved in a discussion about the ethical aspects of posthumous casting and the question, what is an "original" in sculpture. A discussion outline submitted by the Rodin-Web in June 2001 has become the basis
of a public Symposium on these issues, which took place in Toronto in November 2001.
Our complete team attended here, with Hans de Roos as a Symposium speaker.
From the dialogue with other Symposium participants, our research project evolved,
comprising the following steps. By opening the submenu or following the links
below, you can access the following summary reports.
READ NOW: Report on our visit in Strasbourg
and survey of a monumental Thinker plaster cast; report on our trip to Heilbronn
and scanning an Eve plaster.
ART HISTORICAL BACKGROUND
1. Philosophical and art-historical
analysis of the key terms "original",
"authentic" and "reproduction" with regard to bronze sculpture
2. Analysis of the Rodin plasters donated to the Maclaren
Art Centre, and setting up
categories for a scientific catalog.
3. Background research about Rodin´s enlarged Thinker, inventarization of existing
copies, establishing morphological and provenance data in cooperation with
4. Formulating an empirically oriented research
programme to document morphological
qualities of selected Rodin works.
5. Exploring mehods of two-dimensional
6. Exploring methods of three-dimensional
Reports on the following issues will be published here in due
Exploring methods to map RGB color information to geometric data.
Exploring methods to create difference models to compare various versions
of the same sculpture.
9. Exploring methods of web-based representation of
visual data capturing.
A list of books and other used