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Source Image: PR500_03_03 of Orvieto Cathedral

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Description

Detail of a group of figures on Panel 3.

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

Location

Original Location
Orvieto 

Evidence for working practices

1. - Toolmarks

Process
Rough shaping
Tool
Sculptor's Pick
Method
Angle: Vertical (90°)
Force: Gentle
Description
The sculptor's pick is visible on the bodies of the figures on the left hand side.

1. - Toolmarks

Process
Rough shaping
Tool
Sculptor's Pick
Method
Angle: Vertical (90°)
Force: Gentle
Description
The head of the figure to the right is unfinished, retaining marks of the sculptor's pick. Note the difference in the level of finish with the body.

2. Toolmarks

Process
Fine shaping
Tool
Flat Chisel
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
The body of the figure to the right is finely shaped with a flat chisel. The result is that the cuirass is in a state of finish but the head is not.

3. Block joint

Process
Placement
Description
Block line on the right hand side where the figure has been cut back to help the blocks fit together. It seems that the sculptors were working on the ground on blocks that have not been carefully measured.

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