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Source Image: PR500_04_05 of Orvieto Cathedral

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Description

Detail of the carving of the donkey on Panel 3.

Monument
Orvieto Cathedral 
Monument Type
Architecture 
Material(s)
Undefined white marble (Visual identification)  
Date
ad 1290 - ad 1591 
Keywords
JesusDonkeyFoliage  
Collections
Orvieto  

Location

Original Location
Orvieto 

Evidence for working practices

1. Toolmarks

Process
Roughing-out
Tool
Point
Method
Angle: Steep (60-70°)
Force: Medium
Description
Roughing-out with the point chisel can be seen on the right.

2. Toolmarks

Process
Rough shaping
Tool
Sculptor's Pick
Method
Angle: Vertical (90°)
Force: Gentle
Description
The sculptor's pick is used for the rough shaping of the donkey.

3. Toolmarks

Process
Flattening
Tool
Flat Chisel
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
The area in front of the donkey was flattened with the flat chisel.

4. Block joint

Process
Placement
Description
The way the carving avoids the block lines suggests it was done before the blocks were put in place.

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