• $ (USD)
  • Need some help ?

Bronze Sculpture

The technique used in the creation of bronze sculptures has changed very little since Antiquity. The sculptor begins by fashioning the subject in wax, then covers it with clay, pours on the bronze, an alloy of copper and tin, then breaks open the terracotta, leaving only the bronze object behind. Highly valued by sculptors, bronze is a robust and resistant material that fairs well outside. Using wax to create the initial mould allows for a high level of detail on the final sculpture, unlike steel sculpture. Certain nuances in color can be produced through the use of patinas.

These qualities explain why bronze is one of the oldest materials to be used by humans. Indeed, bronze tools were used in Mesopotamia, Egypt and China around 2800 BC.

In Mesopotamia, near to present-day Iran, bronze was used to depict animals in sacred art. In Egypt, it was was used to personify the gods, and also to create small sculpture statues placed in the tombs of the deceased. However, it was Ancient Greece, where craftsmen began to sculpt human figures and deities with remarkable realism, that gave bronze its prominent place in the history of art. Many pieces of work were imported to Rome, where the production of bronze sculptures developed. Bronze sculptures soon began to decorate the theatres and the homes of the rich. Admiring the skills of the Greeks, the Romans began ordering sculptures from merchants and craftsmen, who made copies of the moulds of the statues.

With the birth of Christianity, evangelisation and the building of churches became the priorities, and bronze creations were replaced by stone sculptures for decorating churches. It was only in the 14th century that masterpieces were rediscovered during excavations of Italian archaeological sites. A century later, Brunelleschi and Ghiberti set the Renaissance in motion by decorating the doors of the Florence Baptistery in bronze. Donatello, inspired by ancient Roman sculpture, was the first to excel in the art of expressing emotions through bronze sculptures, followed by Verrocchio, his pupil (and master of Leonardo da Vinci). Although the practice spread throughout Europe, it was mainly focused in Italy, where sculptors competed to obtain the most convincing results.

During the 16th century, the Flemish Jean de Bologne established himself as the undisputed master of bronze. He was the most copied artist in the 17th century, and it is partly due to him that the bronze sculpture spread across Europe. In Italy, production of bronze sculpture was fairly constant, irrespective of the period. In France, on the other hand, this technique depended on the political regime. When Louis XIV invited sculptors to his court (essentially to decorate Versailles) demand for bronze reappeared as a form of courtly art.

Bronze sculpture underwent a resurgence during the 19th century, with Rodin and Camille Claudel, and then with Cubism and the Art Deco movement. Bronze is an expensive, heavy material and costly for collectors to buy and its use has become less prevalent in the 20th and 21st centuries, but some artists use it nonetheless: Giuseppe Penone, Alberto Giacometti with his strange silhouettes, the compressions of César Baldaccini, Philippe Pasqua's butterflies and still life sculpture can all be seen on Artsper!

Read more

Filters

Saved search

Your search is accessible from the favorites tab > My favorite searches

Unsaved search

A problem occurred

In just a few clicks, tell us your preferences and discover our recommended works for you

Our recommendations Artigas Planas, Rose et prose, Sculpture

Artigas Planas

Rose et prose, 2022 33 x 30 x 11 cm Sculpture

$984

Milko Dobrev, Sprouts, Sculpture

Milko Dobrev

Sprouts, 2022 27.5 x 9 x 5 cm Sculpture

$1,308

Karl Lagasse, One Dollar Bronze 6/8, Sculpture

Karl Lagasse

One Dollar Bronze 6/8, 2018 22 x 51 x 1 cm Sculpture

$26,178

Joanna Zakrzewska-Cholewa, Acrobat Game, no V/VIII, Sculpture

Joanna Zakrzewska-Cholewa

Acrobat Game, no V/VIII, 2022 44.5 x 15 x 3 cm Sculpture

$1,152

Salfo Dermé (Yabré), Les danseurs, Sculpture

Salfo Dermé (Yabré)

Les danseurs, 2020 66 x 36 x 17 cm Sculpture

$2,408

Gediminas Endriekus, Sight, Sculpture

Gediminas Endriekus

Sight, 2021 25.5 x 16 x 8 cm Sculpture

$3,979

Vincent Lamouroux, The invisible map bronze edition, Sculpture

Vincent Lamouroux

The invisible map bronze edition, 2022 2 x 6 x 11 cm Sculpture

$890

Our recommendations Hans Mendler, Absalom, Sculpture

Hans Mendler

Absalom, 2020 58 x 16 x 20 cm Sculpture

$2,304

Beatrice Bizot, Mondes parallèles, Sculpture

Beatrice Bizot

Mondes parallèles, 2022 333 x 158 x 22 cm Sculpture

$8,901

Bruno Roudil, Le Gidre, Sculpture

Bruno Roudil

Le Gidre, 2022 42 x 55 x 120 cm Sculpture

$23,037

Réjane LeChat, Dialogue à queue, Sculpture

Réjane LeChat

Dialogue à queue, 2022 44 x 44 x 15 cm Sculpture

$1,885

Pierre Gimenez, La danseuse, Sculpture

Pierre Gimenez

La danseuse, 2021 35 x 20 x 10 cm Sculpture

$1,675

Scott Troxel, Modulus III, Sculpture

Scott Troxel

Modulus III, 2022 115.6 x 76.2 x 6.4 cm Sculpture

$4,712

Zdenek Legner, My Fair Lady, Sculpture

Zdenek Legner

My Fair Lady, 2022 80 x 16 x 18 cm Sculpture

$1,351

Reda Amalou, Ceci n'est pas un vase Or, Sculpture

Reda Amalou

Ceci n'est pas un vase Or, 2019 45 x 12 x 12 cm Sculpture

$3,037

Julian Opie, Long Hair (from the Boston Statuettes series), Sculpture

Julian Opie

Long Hair (from the Boston Statuettes series), 2020 50.8 x 17.8 x 12.1 cm Sculpture

$12,000

Jean-François Gambino, Tête de jeune Orang-Outan, Sculpture

Jean-François Gambino

Tête de jeune Orang-Outan, 2022 21 x 14 x 15 cm Sculpture

$3,665

Jean-Marc Mariani, Alecto B, Sculpture

Jean-Marc Mariani

Alecto B, 2022 25 x 20 x 8 cm Sculpture

$1,948

Ventsislav Markov, Forward, Sculpture

Ventsislav Markov

Forward, 2022 16 x 14 x 8 cm Sculpture

$733

Thierry Benenati, Elephant-roses, Sculpture

Thierry Benenati

Elephant-roses, 2015 52 x 77 x 40 cm Sculpture

$35,603

Our recommendations Olivier Messas, La Mama... "Amour" [ version : blanc ] (Histoire de famille 2021), Sculpture

Olivier Messas

La Mama... "Amour" [ version : blanc ] (Histoire de famille 2021), 2021 20 x 25 x 10 cm Sculpture

$2,827

Arman, Oud Aidé, Sculpture

Arman

Oud Aidé, 2003 69 x 30 x 23 cm Sculpture

$12,042

Aziz Anzabi, Mars Unknown dream 3, Sculpture

Aziz Anzabi

Mars Unknown dream 3, 2022 22 x 10 x 10 cm Sculpture

$24,608

Uwe Schloen, Man in coat, Sculpture

Uwe Schloen

Man in coat, 2020 32.5 x 7 x 6 cm Sculpture

$1,727

Marc Petit, Le veilleur, Sculpture

Marc Petit

Le veilleur, 2020 55 x 29 x 13 cm Sculpture

$4,189

Mireille Bassier-Tilmont, Charline, série silhouette de femme, Sculpture

Mireille Bassier-Tilmont

Charline, série silhouette de femme, 2000 23 x 7 x 8 cm Sculpture

$545

Our recommendations Jean-Philippe Richard, Ida, Sculpture

Jean-Philippe Richard

Ida, 2022 40 x 8 x 8 cm Sculpture

$3,141

Salim Harsous, Portrait, Sculpture

Salim Harsous

Portrait, 1995 22 x 14 x 16 cm Sculpture

$1,885

Jean-Claude Gaillard, Cochon Punk (Série Copains comme cochons), Sculpture

Jean-Claude Gaillard

Cochon Punk (Série Copains comme cochons), 2019 5 x 8 x 5 cm Sculpture

$471

Laurent Perbos, Niobé, Sculpture

Laurent Perbos

Niobé, 2021 38.5 x 17 x 8 cm Sculpture

$3,351

Didier Fournier, L'évasion, Sculpture

Didier Fournier

L'évasion, 2022 40 x 31 x 7 cm Sculpture

$1,466

Helle Rask Crawford, Newborn Fowl, Sculpture

Helle Rask Crawford

Newborn Fowl, 2022 9 x 16 x 10 cm Sculpture

$1,026

Olga Antich, Marta, Sculpture

Olga Antich

Marta, 2000 37 x 30 x 15 cm Sculpture

$2,199

Pierre Mouzat, La reine des sables, Sculpture

Pierre Mouzat

La reine des sables, 2022 25 x 42 x 9 cm Sculpture

$7,854

Bernard Métranve, Clares IV - N°4/8, Sculpture

Bernard Métranve

Clares IV - N°4/8, 2022 37 x 23 x 17 cm Sculpture

$4,712

Mario Dalpra, Powerful Movement, Sculpture

Mario Dalpra

Powerful Movement, 2021 75 x 35 x 20 cm Sculpture

$10,995

Olivier Chalmin, Olga, Sculpture

Olivier Chalmin

Olga, 2022 80 x 20 x 20 cm Sculpture

$3,770

Sylvie Debray, La pause lecture, Sculpture

Sylvie Debray

La pause lecture, 2022 20 x 25 x 25 cm Sculpture

$530

Miquela Vidal Barceló, Mi Faraón, Sculpture

Miquela Vidal Barceló

Mi Faraón, 2006 43 x 13 x 13 cm Sculpture

$10,665

Kuno Vollet, Schwerelos, Sculpture

Kuno Vollet

Schwerelos, 2021 70 x 18 x 18 cm Sculpture

$5,445

Martine Camors, Beauté brune, Sculpture

Martine Camors

Beauté brune, 2005 60 x 50 x 16 cm Sculpture

$10,132

Tiziana Mucchiani, Seashell, Sculpture

Tiziana Mucchiani

Seashell, 2022 30 x 28 x 6 cm Sculpture

$8,796

Les Hélènes, La Bienveillante, Sculpture

Les Hélènes

La Bienveillante, 2022 30 x 13 x 13 cm Sculpture

$440

Alain Quercia, Cheval sur un banc, Sculpture

Alain Quercia

Cheval sur un banc, 2019 22 x 18 x 9 cm Sculpture

$6,283

Maïté Martinez, Il était une fois, Sculpture

Maïté Martinez

Il était une fois, 2019 13 x 17 x 14 cm Sculpture

$5,026

Sylvie Debray Artiste Bxl, La course aux escargots, Sculpture

Sylvie Debray Artiste Bxl

La course aux escargots, 2022 21 x 13 x 32 cm Sculpture

$3,131

Andrew Orloski, Mortar Study, Sculpture

Andrew Orloski

Mortar Study, 2022 41 x 56 x 20 cm Sculpture

$8,126

Didier Becquart, Papillon, Sculpture

Didier Becquart

Papillon, 2016 63 x 106 x 82 cm Sculpture

$14,136

Our recommendations Miguel Guía, Calme et le silence bronze, Sculpture

Miguel Guía

Calme et le silence bronze, 2002 40 x 16 x 15 cm Sculpture

$1,236

Petra Dorst, Sky Love is in the air, Sculpture

Petra Dorst

Sky Love is in the air, 2021 75 x 17 x 14 cm Sculpture

$4,136

David Ferreira, To be or not to be, Sculpture

David Ferreira

To be or not to be, 2020 48 x 35 x 10 cm Sculpture

$4,712

Beto Gatti, Fucking Ego, Sculpture

Beto Gatti

Fucking Ego, 2020 24 x 25.5 x 24 cm Sculpture

$15,707

Jorn Van Hoorn, Perfect Love, Sculpture

Jorn Van Hoorn

Perfect Love, 2022 26 x 24 x 14 cm Sculpture

Price upon request

Our recommendations Nando Kallweit, Family I, Sculpture

Nando Kallweit

Family I, 2019 30 x 11 x 8 cm Sculpture

$1,518

Our recommendations Christophe Charbonnel, Orphée, Sculpture

Christophe Charbonnel

Orphée, 2018 22 x 15 x 9 cm Sculpture

$2,618

Our recommendations Martín Duque, Degas Danseur de Ballet, Sculpture

Martín Duque

Degas Danseur de Ballet, 2004 44 x 16 x 20 cm Sculpture

$1,026

Jim Budish, Stargazer, Sculpture

Jim Budish

Stargazer, 2020 99.06 x 5.08 x 5.08 cm Sculpture

Price upon request

Jean Amiel, Lévrier, Sculpture

Jean Amiel

Lévrier, 2016 15 x 12 x 12 cm Sculpture

$995

Our recommendations Alexandre Nicolas, I Like, Sculpture

Alexandre Nicolas

I Like, 2018 15 x 7 x 20 cm Sculpture

$942

Our recommendations Linde Ergo, Daydream, Sculpture

Linde Ergo

Daydream, 2018 16 x 16 x 8 cm Sculpture

$1,037

Our recommendations Jesus Campos, Les espaces de Penseur de Rodin, Sculpture

Jesus Campos

Les espaces de Penseur de Rodin, 2004 30 x 14 x 15 cm Sculpture

$1,026

Our recommendations Pinto, Jour de fête, Sculpture

Pinto

Jour de fête, 2021 62 x 8 x 4 cm Sculpture

$1,466

Philip Hearsey, Turnout, Sculpture

Philip Hearsey

Turnout, 2022 10 x 31 x 18 cm Sculpture

$1,204

Our recommendations Mireia Serra, Untamed, Sculpture

Mireia Serra

Untamed, 2021 10 x 50 x 5 cm Sculpture

$1,037

William Sweetlove, Cloned Bulldog with pet bottle, Sculpture

William Sweetlove

Cloned Bulldog with pet bottle, 2011 47 x 50 x 20 cm Sculpture

$6,806

Our recommendations Gor Avetisyan, Feeling With Song, Sculpture

Gor Avetisyan

Feeling With Song, 2019 43 x 30 x 13 cm Sculpture

$4,712

Our recommendations Salvador Dali, Profil du temps, Sculpture

Salvador Dali

Profil du temps, 1984 51 x 35 x 35 cm Sculpture

$38,074

Our recommendations Javier de la Rosa, Dardo I green, Sculpture

Javier de la Rosa

Dardo I green, 2018 150 x 20 x 20 cm Sculpture

$1,625

Our recommendations Valérie Hadida, Mélodie, Sculpture

Valérie Hadida

Mélodie, 2019 51 x 48 x 21 cm Sculpture

$13,089

Sara Ingleby-Mackenzie, Breezy (bronze resin), Sculpture

Sara Ingleby-Mackenzie

Breezy (bronze resin), 2021 40 x 21 x 11 cm Sculpture

$1,063

Our recommendations Jacek Cholewa, Thinking Man, Sculpture

Jacek Cholewa

Thinking Man, 2020 13.5 x 9 x 7 cm Sculpture

$932

Jaromir Gargulak, Pantomyme, Sculpture

Jaromir Gargulak

Pantomyme, 2015 26 x 10 x 10 cm Sculpture

$1,571 $1,414

Adeline Weber Guibal, Licorne, Sculpture

Adeline Weber Guibal

Licorne, 2022 21 x 25 x 7.5 cm Sculpture

$1,571

Discover the styles & movements
  • Discover the selection of our experts

Discover our personalized selection for you

See my personal selection
See my recommendations
Discover our thematic selections