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Cast, natural
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In the language of sculpture (Sculpture, techniques of), natural cast denotes a cast made from nature (usually of a person, animal, or plant). A natural cast differs from a plaster cast (Cast, plaster) in that in principle its template can be made from any material. It can be produced not only with plaster but with other plastic materials such as clay or wax. To produce a natural cast, first a negative mold must be made, using the lost wax or lost mold technique (so called because as a rule the mold must be broken to retrieve the cast).

In the Renaissance, natural casting was employed fo…

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Marek, Kristin, “Cast, natural”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 26 March 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_024603>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160907

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